Sasha, early 2015 In the spirit of Polaroid Week, here’s the first portrait I ever shot on IP film almost two years ago in the mini orange grove near where I used to live. This shoot was a risk for me and at the time I thought of it as mostly a failure, which sucked since I wanted to give a good impression to my model despite the spirit of experimentation and I felt I missed the mark entirely. This was before 2.0 film and everything took a very long time to develop, so by the time our excursion ended I could barely then see how technically inexperienced I was with polaroids: everything was overexposed. One shoot after this I decided Polaroid was perhaps not for me. You know what happened, though? Well, 2.0 film, of course…but also same thing that happens in life, as I’m experiencing now. You get tired of being down on yourself, of carrying hatchets you don’t have the maturity to bury. It takes time and all your loved ones telling you the gospel of truth, but sometimes you just need to experience it for yourself. A few months later I buried that hatchet and I’m glad I did. Putting time between you and the bad is not all it takes to bloom: you need to actively let it go. I’m doing it with life now, too. Maybe what’s bloomed between Polaroid and myself by doing so will bloom in my other pursuits as well. Oh, and now several of these photos are back in my portfolio again. Polaroid is a devoted and capricious friend who takes time to understand and now I do.
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