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March 26, 2007

Finally Mobile


This was a somewhat busy weekend, though more satisfying than most, and in the two days since I last posted I managed to get a normal amount of sleep and contract a cold.

The best thing about this past weekend was the fact that I was mobile- two nice long walks and two runs (one which was probably too long given my current state of inactivity and probably responsible for egging on this sore throat). Some old friends and I ambled from Fort Greene to Park Slope together, talking, laughing, catching up and reminiscing. On Sunday, Alexis and I took a trip to B&H to look at video cameras for our Turkey trip and then wound up walking downtown, soaking in the sun, nice weather, and noting all of the changes, most visible in the Meatpacking area, which I hadn't walked around in at length since I changed jobs in 2005.

During both of these walks, I took snapshots with the EE100 Special, mostly of the places that I love most in the city. There is an odd quality to pack film Polaroids. Perhaps it is the off-color or slight blurriness, or maybe it is just my head and the way I perceive them, but there is something about the images that makes me feel as though the photographs capture the brevity of what is...almost as though tomorrow they will be what was. Inevitably, each shot appears faded and old, like they should be sitting in a basket at a consignment shop waiting for someone to find them, flip to the back and wonder what year they were taken and where the original owner had gone.

I think it's interesting that for me nostalgia is so prevalent and connected to instant photographs. It bleeds into my thinking of the city landscape until each developed image appears before me like a ghost. This does not happen for me when I shoot with a digital camera. Are these emotions evoked in other people?

Posted by callalillie at March 26, 2007 6:40 AM | City Life , Introspect , Visual Musings


there is definitely something special about polaroids, even moreso in our digital age.

Posted by: lesterhead at March 26, 2007 12:50 PM

I love Polaroids too. Your photo is wonderful!

Posted by: Vickie at March 26, 2007 6:46 PM

I'm thinking that the stuff i learn by shooting digital is going to be really handy when i switch back to film...

Have you sorted out where you are going in Turkey?

Posted by: discostu at March 27, 2007 6:53 PM

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