Photo
Roxy Repeat on Flickr.Night shot in Nashville, Tenn.
Polaroid SX-70
Impossible Project Cyanograph film

Roxy Repeat on Flickr.

Night shot in Nashville, Tenn.
Polaroid SX-70
Impossible Project Cyanograph film

Photo
Some Time After Midnight on Flickr.Nashville, Tenn.
Polaroid SX-70
Impossible Project Cyanograph film

Some Time After Midnight on Flickr.

Nashville, Tenn.
Polaroid SX-70
Impossible Project Cyanograph film

Photo
Making an SX-70 Cry on Flickr.What happens when you try to shoot Impossible Cyanograph film with an SX-70 that’s been in a backpack at sub-freezing temperatures for several hours? Well, in my case, this…
I tossed the SX-70 into my backpack before heading out to explore Manhattan this past weekend. It was about 20 degrees outside. That didn’t matter, the excitement of exploration warms better than any fire.
Riding the Roosevelt Island Tram I pulled out SX to snap a couple of images (I even prepped myself for the shock of shoving damn cold developing images into the balmy warmth of my armpit). I pressed the button for the first image, a shot of the Manhattan skyline in full daylight, and then waited…and waited…and waited. Finally, since nothing happened after 30 seconds, I assumed I had a bad film battery. As I relaxed and moved a frame rolled out of the camera (image on the left). I shrugged my shoulders and tried another, this time the inside of the tram. I waited again (but not as patiently). Again, after nearly 30 seconds, the camera spat out an image.
I cursed under my breath, “damn stupid camera.”
The camera spoke. 
I was shocked since I’d never heard my SX (or any camera, for that matter) speak. Its voice was high-pitched and androgynous. There was a soft, lilting quality. I quite liked it. 
“Why?” it asked.
“Why, what?” I responded. I noticed the other tram riders shift away from me slightly.
“Why have you brought me to this frozen hell? Why do you expect me to work under these brutal conditions? Why do you hate me?”
“This isn’t hell, silly. This is New York City. It’s winter.” More shifting by the other passengers, I felt the tram tilt slightly as nearly everyone moved to the opposite end from me.
“My point,” SX replied. Its voice rose an octave. “My point exactly! I’m supposed to be on a beach in Miami photographing models, or in the back alleys of a Mediterranean village chasing shadows, or in L.A. creating edgy headshots, or … you get the point.” 
The voice quivered. “New York in spring. New York in fall. New York when it’s not hot or cold and only if it’s not raining! Get it, pinhole jerk. I’m not one of your dumb boxes. I’m too smart to deal with this crap.”
There was a pause and then it sobbed out, “I’M BEAUTIFUL, DAMN IT, TREAT ME THAT WAY!!!”
My tears of responsive remorse froze on my cheeks. 
“I didn’t realize. Oh, I’ve mistreated you. You don’t deserve me. You deserve better,” I cried.
Removing my scarf, I tenderly wrapped up SX—it’s shudders visible through the material—and placed it back into my bag. 
“I’m so sorry,” I whispered. “I love you. Please forgive me.”
The tram stopped as I closed the zipper and I watched as the other riders rushed out the open doors.

Making an SX-70 Cry on Flickr.

What happens when you try to shoot Impossible Cyanograph film with an SX-70 that’s been in a backpack at sub-freezing temperatures for several hours? Well, in my case, this…

I tossed the SX-70 into my backpack before heading out to explore Manhattan this past weekend. It was about 20 degrees outside. That didn’t matter, the excitement of exploration warms better than any fire.

Riding the Roosevelt Island Tram I pulled out SX to snap a couple of images (I even prepped myself for the shock of shoving damn cold developing images into the balmy warmth of my armpit). I pressed the button for the first image, a shot of the Manhattan skyline in full daylight, and then waited…and waited…and waited. Finally, since nothing happened after 30 seconds, I assumed I had a bad film battery. As I relaxed and moved a frame rolled out of the camera (image on the left). I shrugged my shoulders and tried another, this time the inside of the tram. I waited again (but not as patiently). Again, after nearly 30 seconds, the camera spat out an image.

I cursed under my breath, “damn stupid camera.”

The camera spoke.

I was shocked since I’d never heard my SX (or any camera, for that matter) speak. Its voice was high-pitched and androgynous. There was a soft, lilting quality. I quite liked it.

“Why?” it asked.

“Why, what?” I responded. I noticed the other tram riders shift away from me slightly.

“Why have you brought me to this frozen hell? Why do you expect me to work under these brutal conditions? Why do you hate me?”

“This isn’t hell, silly. This is New York City. It’s winter.” More shifting by the other passengers, I felt the tram tilt slightly as nearly everyone moved to the opposite end from me.

“My point,” SX replied. Its voice rose an octave. “My point exactly! I’m supposed to be on a beach in Miami photographing models, or in the back alleys of a Mediterranean village chasing shadows, or in L.A. creating edgy headshots, or … you get the point.”

The voice quivered. “New York in spring. New York in fall. New York when it’s not hot or cold and only if it’s not raining! Get it, pinhole jerk. I’m not one of your dumb boxes. I’m too smart to deal with this crap.”

There was a pause and then it sobbed out, “I’M BEAUTIFUL, DAMN IT, TREAT ME THAT WAY!!!”

My tears of responsive remorse froze on my cheeks.

“I didn’t realize. Oh, I’ve mistreated you. You don’t deserve me. You deserve better,” I cried.

Removing my scarf, I tenderly wrapped up SX—it’s shudders visible through the material—and placed it back into my bag.

“I’m so sorry,” I whispered. “I love you. Please forgive me.”

The tram stopped as I closed the zipper and I watched as the other riders rushed out the open doors.

Photo
Everywhere There Are Reminders on Flickr.Brooklyn, New York
SX-70
Impossible Project Cyanograph

Everywhere There Are Reminders on Flickr.

Brooklyn, New York
SX-70
Impossible Project Cyanograph

Photo
An Experiment on Flickr.Nashville, Tenn.
Ammo Can, f300, Impossible Project PX-600 angled at 45 degrees
These were part of a pinhole experiment I tried about a year ago, prepping for my Instant Year project, which is currently on hold, sadly. Both were shot at the same time using a large surplus ammunition can I turned into a pinhole camera. The film planes inside were angled 45 degrees facing inward (hope that makes sense). Results were too unpredictable, and at $6 each attempt, unsustainable (my original intent was to create a camera that shot four images at a time, but…ummm….no). This image mellowed with age and looks much better now. Maybe that has to do with walking away from it for a bit — editorial distance — but really I think it’s because that’s the nature of Impossible Project film…results change over time. It’s one of the reasons why I love the film so much.

An Experiment on Flickr.

Nashville, Tenn.
Ammo Can, f300, Impossible Project PX-600 angled at 45 degrees

These were part of a pinhole experiment I tried about a year ago, prepping for my Instant Year project, which is currently on hold, sadly. Both were shot at the same time using a large surplus ammunition can I turned into a pinhole camera. The film planes inside were angled 45 degrees facing inward (hope that makes sense). Results were too unpredictable, and at $6 each attempt, unsustainable (my original intent was to create a camera that shot four images at a time, but…ummm….no). This image mellowed with age and looks much better now. Maybe that has to do with walking away from it for a bit — editorial distance — but really I think it’s because that’s the nature of Impossible Project film…results change over time. It’s one of the reasons why I love the film so much.

Photo
Haul on Flickr.Near Nickajack Lake, Tennessee
SX-70, Impossible Project PX-70

Haul on Flickr.

Near Nickajack Lake, Tennessee
SX-70, Impossible Project PX-70

Photo
Disparity on Flickr.A confederate grave in a Gulfport, Mississippi ocean-side cemetery.
Polaroid SX-70 with Impossible Project PX70 Color Protection Film

Disparity on Flickr.

A confederate grave in a Gulfport, Mississippi ocean-side cemetery.

Polaroid SX-70 with Impossible Project PX70 Color Protection Film

Photo
Mid-Century Elimination on Flickr.Destruction of the Tennessee Department of Highways and Public Works building. It was a mid-century beauty.
Another view here: www.flickr.com/photos/instantyear/9937833313/
Polaroid cb-72 homemade pinhole camera, Impossible Project PX 600 Silver Shade UV+, about three seconds

Mid-Century Elimination on Flickr.

Destruction of the Tennessee Department of Highways and Public Works building. It was a mid-century beauty.
Another view here: www.flickr.com/photos/instantyear/9937833313/

Polaroid cb-72 homemade pinhole camera, Impossible Project PX 600 Silver Shade UV+, about three seconds

Photo
Bass Bear on Flickr.
Pinhole from my Instant Year project. A stand up base. I realized after I shot it that upside down, it looked like a bear’s face. I mean, i realized before I took the picture. That’s why I took it. Right? f/140ish, Impossible PX70 Color Protection film, several minute exposure
AND:Daddy Sang Bass (Johnny Cash) — http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NGUP8oc9Bgs

Bass Bear on Flickr.

Pinhole from my Instant Year project. A stand up base. I realized after I shot it that upside down, it looked like a bear’s face. I mean, i realized before I took the picture. That’s why I took it. Right?
f/140ish, Impossible PX70 Color Protection film, several minute exposure

AND:
Daddy Sang Bass (Johnny Cash) — http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NGUP8oc9Bgs

Photo
… on Flickr.For 
balance
For
beauty
For
nailing
For
continuity
For
…
For
For
lament
For
…
just for
f/130ish
Impossible Project PX 600 Silver Shade (Black Frame)
Two minutes

on Flickr.

For
balance
For
beauty
For
nailing
For
continuity
For

For

For
lament
For

just for

f/130ish
Impossible Project PX 600 Silver Shade (Black Frame)
Two minutes

Photo
While It Rains: Luna on Flickr.Polaroid SX-70, Impossible Project PX-70 Color Protection film

While It Rains: Luna on Flickr.

Polaroid SX-70, Impossible Project PX-70 Color Protection film

Photo
While It Rains: John & an English Heritage Umbrella on Flickr.Funny, I can shoot the hell out of an unpredictable pinhole camera but I’m still learning how to shoot a Polaroid SX-70.
We had a lovely Sunday with friends. Most of the day was spent in the pool but there was an afternoon thundery monsoon that lasted a good 45 minutes. We sat around the back porch and waited.

While It Rains: John & an English Heritage Umbrella on Flickr.

Funny, I can shoot the hell out of an unpredictable pinhole camera but I’m still learning how to shoot a Polaroid SX-70.

We had a lovely Sunday with friends. Most of the day was spent in the pool but there was an afternoon thundery monsoon that lasted a good 45 minutes. We sat around the back porch and waited.

Photo
It’s Where You Step Back and Take Stock on Flickr.Emmy 1-8
Shot using the same pack of expired Impossible Project PX 70 Color Shade PUSH film using a Polaroid SX-70
Normally I’d talk about the beauty of failure here, but not this time. 
I’ve decided to take some time away to take stock, try new things, and really figure out what I’m trying to do with photography.

It’s Where You Step Back and Take Stock on Flickr.

Emmy 1-8

Shot using the same pack of expired Impossible Project PX 70 Color Shade PUSH film using a Polaroid SX-70

Normally I’d talk about the beauty of failure here, but not this time.

I’ve decided to take some time away to take stock, try new things, and really figure out what I’m trying to do with photography.

Photo
Pinhole: March 11, 2013 (008/365) on Flickr.Nashville
Ammo Can, ~f/175, tilted film plane, PX 600 Silver Shade UV+, 4 minutes

Pinhole: March 11, 2013 (008/365) on Flickr.

Nashville
Ammo Can, ~f/175, tilted film plane, PX 600 Silver Shade UV+, 4 minutes

Photo
Pinhole: March 10, 2013 (007/365) on Flickr.Nashville
Ammo Can, ~f/175, tilted film plane, PX 600 Silver Shade UV+, about 10 seconds

Pinhole: March 10, 2013 (007/365) on Flickr.

Nashville
Ammo Can, ~f/175, tilted film plane, PX 600 Silver Shade UV+, about 10 seconds