29 August 2011

Impossible Project PZ680 - Spectra Fashion

With everything that has been going on in the past couple weeks I have rarely found time to get out and take any photos. Of course, that also means that I've had even less time to try and set up and coordinate a shoot with someone else. Luckily though, now that the gallery show is coming to a close, the art sale is over and I've had a weekend in town... I've managed to once again have a little photo shoot. 

With all of the great work that I've been stumbling upon lately, and the fact that Tiffany got me the Helmut Newton Polaroid book, this shoot has been a long time coming. Ashley is a model that I have worked with a number of times before, so it was easy to knock out three looks this past saturday morning. Of course, I shot a majority of this work digitally, but what I'm displaying here right now is some of the instant photos from the day.

These were all taken with my newly acquired Polaroid Spectra using the Impossible Project's PZ 680 color shade. This was only the second time shooting with this camera, and the first time with this film. I am definitely a fan of both and love the wide cinematic format the Spectra is known for. Impossible's PZ 680 is pretty much in line with what I've come to expect, and love, with all of the Impossible films. Great color, contrast and quality that is constantly improving.

Stay tuned the next couple days and I will probably post a few of the digital images from the weekend as well.

Photograph Info:
Location: Cleveland Ohio
Camera: Polaroid Spectra QPS
Film: Impossible Project PZ 680

26 August 2011

Polaroid Softtone Type 1200 - An Affinity for Signs

This past Tuesday Aperture had their second polaroid walk. We traveled the Ohio City area as a group, shooting all kinds of instant photos along the way. I had a bit of trouble this time around finding things that inspired me to shoot. In fact I often find it difficult these days to shoot an entire pack of film at once... partially because I'm picky, partially because of cost.

Anyways. I did get these couple photos that I liked, and, both happen to be of signs. No surprise to me really, as I often find signs to be interesting and have taken photos of many signs over the past couple years. I love that they are often all that remains of original buildings, businesses, etc. There's just some kind of an affinity I have for signs I guess.

On another note, you'll probably notice that these photos are a little different for me for another reason. This is some 2009 expired Polaroid Softtone Type 1200 film. I shot it using a Polaroid Spectra QPS, which is one of the new cameras that I picked up from the supposed "junk," shop in Erie this past weekend. The Softtone is a great film, but almost too accurate for me. It's sad to see these types of films dying out, but I'm glad that I've gotten the chance to shoot so many of them before they are gone completely. I'm excited to shoot Impossible's new PZ 680 to see what else I can get out of this camera...

22 August 2011

Fuji FP-3000B - Another weekend away

I haven't posted any new photos in a while. The recent gallery show over at Aperture took up a lot of my time as I rushed to get everything ready. Following that I had the art sale to get ready for. Then I realized I hadn't even taken any photos in two or three weeks, which is a quite a while for me since I started shooting film. So, even though I was away this weekend, I managed to sneak in a few photos.

We left late Friday night after a successful art sale and headed up to Erie again for the weekend. Water slides, cookouts, babies, the usual great stuff an Erie weekend consists of. Finally, Sunday morning we landed in "Midtown," Erie to browse a local junk shop because I can never have enough junk. And that's where all of these photos took place.

Midtown is a prime example of what I love about small towns. There is always an area that never seems to change. It almost hangs on too long. Buildings are fading and repurposed. Billboards advertise products you can no longer buy. Spray paint is the decoration of choice. But still, you can see the charm of the place. For what it is and what it used to be. Midtown isn't necessarily all of these things, it was actually quite active for a Sunday morning, but the images it created definitely portrayed that feeling to me.

As for the junk shop... It served me well. I arrived back in Cleveland with 10 new cameras. Mostly polaroid.

Photograph Info:
Location: Erie PA
Camera: Polaroid Land 250
Film: Fuji FP-3000b

10 August 2011

And the winner is...

The contest has officially concluded, and I would like to thank everyone that participated. As promised, using Random.org, I have randomly drawn a winner for the contest who will receive the print of their choice. Without further ado, the winner is.... Mr. Tyler Schuld. (It's probably fitting since as he said in his reply to the contest post, he's probably been following my blog longer than anyone)

Now... for a special surprise. I've decided that I am in a good mood, and the Random.org generator is fun to play with. Accordingly, I'm going to give away 2nd and 3rd place prints as well! So... lucky winners Sara Misconish and Emily Manino will also be receiving a print of their choice in a smaller 8x8 format.

Once more, thanks for everyone's participation and everyone's support since I began all this. Winners... let me know which of the three photos you'd like!

08 August 2011

Cleveland Magazine & Some other Housekeeping

I am very proud (and flattered) to say that I have a little article about me in this months issue of Cleveland Magazine regarding my addiction to instant and analog photography. The article appears in the Lake Effect section, which according to Cleveland Magazine is "the forecast on the people, places and things we love." I've been rather fortunate this year with how much attention my hobby has gotten me, and I'd like to thank Cleveland Magazine for deciding to do this little write-up about me. I'd also like to thank Kristen Hampshire who is the very talented freelance writer that interviewed me and put this article together... I couldn't be happier with how it turned out. If you aren't a subscriber and you'd like to check it out  you can find a copy of this months issue in most Cleveland stores, or, read the article online.

Moving along... point number two of this post is to remind everyone that this Friday will be my first solo show over at Aperture in Cleveland Ohio. The show will feature mostly work from the past year and all of the work will be either instant or medium format photography. For those interested, there will also be a few beers to go around as well as a possible "punch," and some delicious finger foods... all of these things made possible only because of all the wonderful people I know. Here once again is the poster for the show:

Thirdly, I would like to once again throw out there that you still have time to enter my little drawing for a free print. The details for how to enter are at the linked post, and, you still have until midday Wednesday to enter. I know, because of my site metrics mostly, that there are many of you out there that read this blog regularly that have yet to enter this giveaway. Let me say this... even if you don't want it, I would appreciate you pretending you did and entering anyways :) 


Finally, last but not least, I wanted to make you all aware that if you miss me at my show this Friday (or you just love me so much you want to see me again) I will have a few photos at a wonderful little event "Art in the Petit Parc," at Chartreuse on Madison Ave. in Lakewood the evening of the 19th. The lovely ladies of Chartreuse have been kind enough to invite me and my work to take part in a lovely patio party and art sale. So, even if you are sick of my work, you should come out anyways and support all of the other talented artists that will have work on display, and, enjoy one of the cutest little patios in all of Cleveland!