The Long Way Home


Unfinished Business
October 9, 2011, 10:27 AM
Filed under: Art Gallery | Tags: , , , ,

I am drawn to your dark place, your weird space.

The photos in this post are for an online art project based on a poem written by my friend, Kim Rullo. Certain lines shifted in and out of my mind throughout the week, and I used those lines to caption these shots.

Then in an act of photographic serendipity, my friend Juli sent me a most precious gift: a Polaroid Spectra and a pack of PZ600 film from the Impossible Project. For anyone who doesn’t know about the fate of Polaroid, they stopped making it forever, but Impossible Project sells Polaroid-compatible instant film in small runs. It’s not as easy to use as the original because the film is extremely sensitive to light. You have to master balance of shielding the shot from light, making sure the temperature is not colder than 60 degrees, while holding a camera, while pressing a button, while thinking of composition. The sun in those first 5 seconds is your enemy. The entire process appeals to my neurotic control issue tendencies, where I plan, where I am the director of my creative world, constructing shots ahead of time in my journal because I only get one chance. It also forces me to let go, because over time, the image will disappear from the frame. Like a dream that fades once we wake from it, these images challenge the idea that the photos we take to capture our daily lives will outlive us all.

What I needed was never here.

Are we all born restless?

I need to take myself.

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It’s kind of amazing the gift for a third anniversary is instant film!

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Comment by jeff

And for husbands: guitar-related things.

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Comment by Lisa

this is one of my favorite posts, dude!

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Comment by Allegheny Eats

aw, thanks, dude! (now you know what to buy me for x-mas – more film!)

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Comment by Lisa

Thank you so much for doing this, I need to drink your work in before I can adequately respond. Haunting. I will let you know how I plan to proceed with the displaying of these images.

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Comment by motherblue212

thank YOU for curating the project. you’re such a support and inspiration, i’m sending hugs.

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