I tend to search for new outlets for personal & creative exploration. [Wait] Let me start over. This is a great opportunity to say that creating things yourself is always rewarding, but when you get to collaborate with others the reward is exponential. I’ve said it so many times before, and I’ll say it again. The reward of creativity is building relationships and enriching others lives as well as your own.
This is exactly the case with getting to finally meet with DFW based photographer and fellow instant film lover Justin Goode (http://www.goodephotography.biz/). After getting to know Justin over the past few months through twitter, My father-in-law (who will also be posting the 8x10 image that Justin took of him last night) & I made our way to a studio space that belongs to one of Justin’s photographer friends (Steve Reeves, you can visit his website here http://MakeShiftPhoto.com/) to make our official leap into 8x10 film. All of this, just days before we participate in a massive PolaWalk on Saturday in Deep Ellum [Dallas, TX] where 30+ individuals will have their portrait taken on Impossible Project 8x10 PQ film. The PolaWalk was organized by The Instant Film Society, also started by Justin. You can follow The Instant Film Society on twitter @useinstantfilm.
(but someone else took your photo on 8x10, so how does that mean you are working with 8x10 now?)
As with all new things there is a learning curve, so Troy & I went to have our photo taken as well as learn some of the intricacies of shooting 8x10. We did purchase our own 8x10 Polaroid processor just a few days ago as we begin to assemble a full 8x10 setup.
After the image was taken, I waited intently as the timer reached 4 minutes. When I opened the lid on the processor, I sincerely had an emotional moment as I held the image in my hand. Looking at it I saw myself in a way that I never had before.
We proceeded to shoot Troy’s portrait and I know that he had the same feeling when his image came out of the processor. That was it. We were hooked. There is no doubt that making my way into large format photography wouldn’t have been this rewarding without the camaraderie gained by working with Troy, Justin, & Steve.
So here we are at the beginning of something new…another adventure for a new generation of photographers made possible by The Impossible Project. Be sure to head over to Troy’s blog to check out his 8x10 portrait as well http://troybradfordinstantphotos.blogspot.com/ .
Start your own adventure, by learning more about The Impossible Project & their passionate pursuit of reviving instant film
Impossible 8x10 http://www.the-impossible-project.com/projects/8x10/
Keep using your passions and creativity to build relationships & make the world a more beautiful place