Last year as many of you may remember I spent 10 days in Paris with my family. Amongst all the walking, museum going, shopping and just plain walking around with my eyes wide open, I happened upon The Impossible Project Space Paris. A week earlier my friend Andrea Jenkins had visited and posted photos so I did have a little nudge to go and find it.
As it happened we were adventuring in the neighborhood and stumbled upon the right street at the right time.
For those of you that don’t know about The Impossible Project, let me take a moment to explain.
In the world of Polaroid photography The Impossible Project has made it possible for Polaroid photographers to continue to buy film for their cameras as Polaroid stop producing it and their classic cameras in 2008.
Direct from the Impossible Project site: “In October 2009 – Having bought the production machinery from Polaroid, this small but ambitious team decided to embark on ‘The Impossible Project’ – using old Agfa technology to simulate Polaroid’s chemistry and re-establish the production of Polaroid-format instant film. They’re inspired by a quote from Polaroid founder Edwin Land: “Don’t undertake a project unless it is manifestly important and nearly impossible.”
I was interested in seeing the space as I had taken a Polaroid class with Andrea a few years ago and it sparked an interest that I did not have prior to the course. I now own (2) vintage land cameras in their original leather case; a refurbished SX-70 camera and a newer Polaroid that shoots 2×3 photos. I purchased some film for the SX-70 and it traveled with me to London, back to Reno, to San Francisco (where I used a roll) and now resides in my refrigerator waiting for me to find time to use it.
I’m always searching and seeking out new ways to build my photography and I must say this is one of that really excites me. Three photographers that have inspired me on this path are Andrea Jenkins, Meghan Davidson and Susannah Conway. They have all taken a unique approach in using these cameras for building their work and I truly admire each one.
In October, I am honored to share that Andrea will be joining us at create.explore.discover to teach (2) Polaroid classes like I took with her a few years ago and a basic photography class for those wanting to learn more about their cameras. There’s still a few spaces left for you to join us so please consider it. You will not be disappointed. In addition, Andrea is giving away two of her prints this week on the CED blog.
Finding unique shops and interesting details while traveling is one of my favorite things to do. I love exploring and adventuring with my family and when I find spaces like The Impossible Project I use it as a learning exercise for all of us.
Have a great Wednesday everyone.
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