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French, Lewis R.

[the feeding :: some lucky ducks noshing on leftover scones :: Maine]

[Lewis R. French glorious sails :: Maine]

[on my way to the cemetery, spray painted white rock :: Maine]

[a fellow schooner :: Maine]

[sky & sails :: Maine]

[graveyard tree :: Maine]

[knot :: Maine]

[not sure what this is called in ‘proper’ sailing terms, but i love it :: Maine]

i went to Maine and all i got were these damn polaroids [KIDDING]. the experience aboard the Lewis R. French was amazing and when i have a bit more money in my bank account, you’ll see all of the pictures that me and my nikon took together. it kinda felt like i was on a honey moon with my new camera. is that too weird ? not that it matters. i embrace weird. in fact, i encourage, support, and promote weird.

[Polaroid sx-70 + TZ-Artistic film c/o The Impossible Project]

jessi


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thank you, tax rebate

i apologize for my missing-in-action-ness. my life went from busy to really busy to ridiculously busy. burning the candle at both ends is an understatement, but i am not complaining, trust me. there’s something quite liberating about chaos.

so, that said, i’ve got a few projects a-brewing and i’ve also got some happy news for Year of the Pig Studio. in fact, over the last few weeks, i have a few good pieces of news for my little studio. the first is the following and an explanation for why i might be thanking my tax rebate (though, i’m sure we’re all quite thankful when we receive money back from the government):

just a few months ago i was devasted to learn of Polaroid’s demise, i even made a post chock full of complaints about it. as some of you may know, i own a very beautiful sx-70 Polaroid camera. i purchased it on ebay back in 2007 and it works like a charm (it’s from the 70’s and is, in my opinion, the most beautifully designed camera i’ve ever encountered). it was within the week i purchased that camera i learned that film for that specific camera was discontinued. needless to say, i was just a little bit angry. in any case, a wonderful site called Lord of the Lens (now defunct) came through for me just weeks later and supplied me with sx-70 specific film. at the time, there was such an uproar from sx-70 owners over the discontinuation of (our) precious film, a few distributors came out of the wood works with specially made film for sx-70 cameras. it was a beautiful thing. i’m so proud to be a part of the sx-70 club.

this film, my friends, is not cheap. it costs about $2.00 – $3.00 per picture depending on the type of film you purchase (there are a handful of different ‘blends’). so, if you want to stock up on some film – it’s gonna cost ya – believe you me. why do i insist on having such demanding and high maintenance cameras? (rhetorical question, please don’t answer).

hence, i seldom stock up on film for my camera because of the expense, which may sound sad, but to be honest? there’s something really nice about having such pricey film in your camera. much thought goes into every picture i take because you’ve got $2.00 at stake everytime you click that button. i do not own a digital camera, but i have used a few over the years. i have always hated the concept of taking a picture, disliking it, “deleting” it from the camera, and trying again to get the right shot. sure, it’s economical and convenient yadda yadda yadda, but whatever happened to the days of suspense, spontaneity, and the unknown? this is why i am doubtful i will ever own a digital camera – i love the not knowing what you’re going to get factor with good old film cameras. i’ll get off my soapbox, now.

in any case, when i once again thought that Polaroid film for sx-70’s was discontinued – i really thought that was it. my camera would now be considered an antique and my future children would wonder what the word “film” meant when speaking about cameras. thanks to the Impossible Project, i’ve been spared that fate – for now at least.

thanks to my tax rebate, it afforded me to do a little bit of shopping. my film (pictured above) arrived yesterday. i was so happy i squealed. true story.

and guess what arrives thursday? my new camera. yes, you heard me right. i went sifting through ebay and found the exact same model Nikon 35mm that i owned before (which suffered its demise in March)(and yes, i still own my old one – don’t worry, it now sits proudly on my shelf at home next to some other old cameras i’ve collected).

isn’t she a beauty?

and completely unrelated, but just as exciting, guess what arrives wednesday? my three disc ‘Bowie at the Beeb’ box set.

thanks, Tax Rebate. none of the above would have been possible without you.

jessi

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glove compartment

it’s amazing what you find in your glove compartment. as Death Cab for Cutie sings, “The glove compartment is inaccurately named and everybody knows it.”

i took these polaroids in … 2008 ? I think ? i guess it doesn’t really matter at this point. more horse photos, just what you wanted to see, i know. i’m sorry, i’m sorry. when you’ve been riding horses for sixteen years – you are bound to take a few million hundred pictures of them.

[SX70 – color blend film]

jessi

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drumroll, please

i have some really exciting news that was brought to my attention by my friend, Suzanne – THANK YOU SUZANNE. if you had read my previous polaroid-pity-party post, i whined and complained and hemmed and hawed over the fact that Polaroid was over. you could never find their film again unless you didn’t mind over priced film or cheap expired film from ebay – sorry, ebay, i do love you, but not when it comes to polaroid film.


so, getting back to the point of my happy story, my friend Suzanne said she’d heard on the radio this morning that there was a little company (aka group of Polaroid enthusiasts) who wanted to bring back polaroid film. they are the Impossible Project. are you as excited as i am? hmm? and the best part is that they aren’t just bringing back film for the newer models, but (bless their hearts) they are also bringing back film for the older models, too…like a certain 1970-something SX-70 that I own.

i’m so d*mn happy that my polaroid cameras will no longer be sitting on my bookshelf like antiques, collecting dust, and reminding me of the all the pictures i can’t take. major major win.

[sx-70 + color blend film]

jessi

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willkommen seattle

(polaroid pinhole camera)

(tugboat west seattle bridge sx-70)

(industrial district pinhole polaroid camera)

(neon night view from my studio sx-70)

i have been living in seattle since june of 2007, so yeah, in june of this year, it’ll be three long years since my return from new york city (where has the time gone?). these photographs have made this page because they were taken within the first few weeks of my arrival.

the first being taken from the steps outside of my apartment, the closest i have gotten to a typical new york stoop, which isn’t that close to the real thing since mine’s just a sad concrete flight of stairs next to a dumpster and recycling bin.

the second and third were taken in the industrial part of seattle, right under the west seattle bridge. it’s one of my favorite places in seattle. given the obscene amount of powerlines (and i’ve already discussed my obsession interest with them), it’s just my kind of place. there are train tracks, powerlines, cranes, and tugboats. it’s my idea of zen i think.

the last is a polaroid i took at night from my studio window. it came out far more neon green than i would have expected (since the lights outside are not, in fact, neon at all). it was a pleasant surprise and accurately depicts the way i feel in the middle of the night when working alone in my studio. eerie and safe all at the same time.

have i ever mentioned what amazing trees we have in the northwest? well, we do. i’ll prove it to you at some point. and also, i haven’t told you about my pinhole polaroid camera – i’m not making this up – such a thing exists. it was designed in japan and although the film is not only pricey, but also a major b*tch to load – when you do get this camera to cooperate, it really steps up to the plate.

[pinhole polaroid camera in black and white + polaroid sx-70 film blend]

jessi

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cross country

(north dakota)

(chicago)

(minneapolis)

as i mentioned in a much previous post, i moved from New York City back to Seattle after finishing school. i can’t wait to move back to New York because it just so happens it is the best place ever, but i had my reasons for moving ‘home.’ so i suppose i had the option to fly home, but when you have a lot of crap carefully chosen belongings, you should really consider driving.

i rented the smallest u-haul truck i could and squeezed all of my stuff into the back of it. and i do mean squeeze. on june 1st, 2007 i began my trip across the country with a map, a couple of cameras, and my turtle (yeah, i have a turtle, i’ll explain that later – but she stayed in a cardboard box by day and motel bathtubs by night – she was a real trooper).

these are just a few sx-70 Polaroids from my first trip across the country (i’ve done it a few times since, more on that later as well). if you’ve never driven across the country – do it. there’s nothing quite like seeing America from the road and crossing state lines and entering completely contrasting landscapes as you do so. seriously, go find an excuse to travel across the country.

[sx-70 film blend]

jessi

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sx-70 No. 1

i devote this post to my SX-70 Polaroid Camera. you will find many more Polaroid images on my Polaroid page (not to state the obvious or anything), but this is the first picture i ever took with my 1970-something-ebay-purchased camera and it is still, to this day, one of my favorites. the sx-70 is a work of art – in general, yes – but also in the broad spectrum of camera design. the design of this camera was beyond innovative, it was something the world of photography had never seen before when it was first introduced. the one that i purchased on e-bay was in mint condition and although they are sensitive cameras (light wise), they are also hardy and reliable. i can certainly attest to the hardy factor because my giant horse actually stepped on it (after dropping it) when i was trying to take a picture of him and aside from a few scratches on the leather lining, the camera’s performance held steady (if you haven’t gathered this already, i am a major klutz).

if you are ever interested in purchasing such a beautiful piece of equipment rest assured that you can still find film for it. about a month after this camera arrived at my new york doorstep (er, hallway-where-it-could-have-very-likely-been-stolen) i was notified that the film for this particular camera had been discontinued. i was devastated, to say the very least, but then, within weeks after my purchase and extensive googling (that’s a verb, right?) – i found out that the film was going to come back into production because there was such an uprise over its discontinuation. which pretty much means that anyone who owns an sx-70 rocks, right?

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a little update:

so, back in March of 2007 when i was all devastated and such, i found a Brooklyn based dude named Mike who ran a website called Lord of the Lens (supplying everything and anything polaroid related) – and as it turns it – (it’s been a while since I purchased film since it’s pretty pricey) – they are out of business. or i think they are. his site seems to no longer exist and if this is the case, i’m going to be devastated all over again. you can’t buy film from e-bay! 90% of the time it’s expired! for shame, what am i going to do? i’m hoping he just changed his domain name. how could he do this to me? i’ll keep you posted. *sigh*

[sx-70 film blend]

jessi

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