Thursday, July 14, 2011

SPC - 'Games' - #2

Revisiting the Tree -- A Game of Sorts

This is a bit of a cheat for Self Portrait Challenge, but I'm in a bit of a "double whammy" situation this week.

1.) Vacation Bible School is happening at my church this week and I'm taking home a few hundred photos each night to sort through, pick favorites and edit for a running slideshow. The kids love to see themselves on the big screens.

2.) It is Polaroid Week on Flickr. Browsing the group pool is always inspiring and now, with new films available from The Impossible Project plus die-hards who collected and stashed the now otherwise unavailable Polaroid films, no less time consuming.

For these reasons, I am posting this as my entry for Self Portrait Challenge this week. Plus, I'm stoked about having at least two (thanks to acukiki) Polaroids in the SPC pool for the week that coincides with 'Roid Week.

What's the 'game' you ask? Well, that's a fair question, I suppose.

Revisiting this location with each combination of cameras and films I have encountered, I suppose is a game, of sorts.

Also, taking a picture of the finished Polaroid print at the location where the print was made is a bit more of a game than it used to be. While using the new films from Impossible, light shielding is an important part of the process. Some films may require as much as ten minutes of developing time away from bright light. This means that unlike the old 600 film from Polaroid that usually finished developing in 60 seconds or so, now I usually have to snap the Polaroid and then return to that location at a later date to get the type of "picture of a Polaroid" photograph you see here.

My final Polaroid for 'Roid Week that I will post tomorrow morning will reveal one of the difficulties and/or amusements associated with this delay. [UPDATED with link. You'll have to scroll down to the context shot to see the amusement).

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