the snapshots

One year.
One instant film camera.
One photo per day.
It’s been a year.
Although I didn’t actually end up taking 365 photos, I was able to capture the highlights. And even though I have very little to show for September and November, at least I didn’t give up after the first month.
Taking a picture of something interesting every single day was a challenge, especially with the limitations of this camera. Not only is it massive and heavy, but it uses flash automatically in any conditions where it isn’t exposed to direct sunlight, and can’t focus on anything less than three feet away. Film is also expensive and hard to get a hold of at times. On the other hand, it’s a great conversation starter. I wish I had a nickel for every time someone asked me if it was a real camera. And despite the fact that it isn’t technically a Polaroid, the aesthetic of instant film remains constant.
Completing this project is sort of bittersweet. I won’t miss having to lug the camera around everywhere I go, but it’s become part of my identity. And I love having documentation of nearly every day of the past year. Perhaps in the future when life gets a little more exciting, I’ll take it out for another 365 days of memories. Until then, I’ll be conserving my film supply by only using it for special occasions.
It’s been fun. If you’d like to continue following the adventures of my giant camera and I, you can find us at goodstory.tumblr.com.
Happy 2011!

It’s been a year.

Although I didn’t actually end up taking 365 photos, I was able to capture the highlights. And even though I have very little to show for September and November, at least I didn’t give up after the first month.

Taking a picture of something interesting every single day was a challenge, especially with the limitations of this camera. Not only is it massive and heavy, but it uses flash automatically in any conditions where it isn’t exposed to direct sunlight, and can’t focus on anything less than three feet away. Film is also expensive and hard to get a hold of at times. On the other hand, it’s a great conversation starter. I wish I had a nickel for every time someone asked me if it was a real camera. And despite the fact that it isn’t technically a Polaroid, the aesthetic of instant film remains constant.

Completing this project is sort of bittersweet. I won’t miss having to lug the camera around everywhere I go, but it’s become part of my identity. And I love having documentation of nearly every day of the past year. Perhaps in the future when life gets a little more exciting, I’ll take it out for another 365 days of memories. Until then, I’ll be conserving my film supply by only using it for special occasions.

It’s been fun. If you’d like to continue following the adventures of my giant camera and I, you can find us at goodstory.tumblr.com.

Happy 2011!