Not exactly your typical architectural subject but I love taking photographs of the colourful circus tents when they are in town. Not just any old photos though - its always polaroids for me. There is a wonderful feeling of nostalgia when you rip the film out of the camera and wait patiently for that moment of reveal. You pull the print away from the processing sheet and give birth to a new image. Is it a dud or a winner? In this age of unlimited digital copies there is something special about holding a "one off" print. Thankfully fuji are still producing FP-100C and FP-3000b films to go with my instant film camera.
This seems to be getting into a bit of a habit of mine. Sunday afternoon strolls with my trusty polaroid camera and a couple of boxes of Fuji. As it turned out I only had one and a half boxes as my shoot pulled up short when the last box jammed - such are the frustrations of analogue polaroid photography. Shame because the light was just getting into the zone for the 3000 iso black and white film. No client, no deadline so no big deal. Kind of street photography but I prefer the term "Psychogeography" - sounds a lot more important and arty.
I've been lusting after the new Leica M rangefinder camera this weekend. Sometimes you just want to work simple and have some fun. I'm kicking myself that years back I sold off my two Leica M6's with amazing Leica glass out the front. At that time they just didn't cut it for the style of magazine and commercial work I was doing. Even film is something I'm now begging to miss a lot - "film is not dead it just smells funny" - ain't that the truth. So to scratch my itch I headed out today with my trusty Fuji FP-1 rangefinder Polaroid mothership with a couple of boxes of Fuji FP-3000b and FP-100c. There's a lot to be said about slowing down and considering before hitting the shutter which is something at times we forget with digital. The rangefinder system seems to bring you more in touch with the subject and I love the moment of truth when you peel back a fresh print. Still I love my 5D, iPhone, Lightroom etc etc but shooting a bit of film / polaroid every now and then seems to soothe the soul in a way that digital just doesn't match.Im hoping to build this into an exhibition of images shot around Townsville on Polaroid.
I've started experimenting with some old polaroid 665 film. It produces both a positive print and high quality black and white negative for printing. Once a favorite film for commercial and fashion shooters including the amazing Sally Mann and Sarah Moon. Sadly this film is no longer produced although others have tried to recreate it without much success. All that is left now is a few random boxes of expired film on ebay. The focus of this project is expired buildings around Townsville for an exhibition in 2014. If I can obtain any more boxes I also want to do a series of portraits again for another 2014 exhibition. Its nice to be working with film again apart from the smell of the horribly toxic polaroid chemicals.