Taken with #PX70 #Impossibleproject
Sometimes I don’t really feel like posting photos on the internet. It’s not the same as handing someone a Polaroid and talking about it as you visibly see whether or not someone likes it. I’ve taken photos of near strangers based on the reaction they have to a photo.
Which is where this photo of Kate came from. I’ve been volunteering at the Indie Grits Film Festival for the past two weeks, and as I was leaving the new Nickelodeon Theatre (where I was giving away two cameras to a girl that wanted to take Polaroids in New York) my short attention span jumped to a storefront housing an art store I’d never seen before. I wandered in and met Kate, and as we talked about art and photography I got around to showing her the still developing picture that I’d taken a few minutes before and got a smile much like the one in the photo above from her. The sense of wonder that things this rare gives to people is incredible. It instills more motivation to actually try it yourself than taking a class and learning for a grade ever could. Since Kate is taking a photography class this summer, I decided I’d make it more worth while by buying her a pack of film and letting her take my camera on an adventure. Hopefully I’ve created another Polaroid addict to take photos with.
This random real life encounter did give me a very good idea though, and I turned to Kickstarter to make it happen. For the next 11 days I’ll be running a project aimed at giving people a chance to take an instant photograph for the first time in their lives (or for the first time in years). One backer already funded the whole thing single-handedly and basically bought a stranger a camera! So if you want to help a stranger out and receive something from them in exchange, you can check out the project here: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/tododelsur/polaroid-as-a-gift?ref=category