Instant self-portrait because I’m artsy

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That’s me in the mirror

I took this picture in 2012 or 2013. It was with my Polaroid Impulse camera and I snapped it looking into the bathroom mirror of the studio Cassidy and I first got when we moved to Seattle. I was home alone on a day off from work and had a few shots of film that I took by pointing my camera at odd angles and clicking the shutter.

The old Gas Plant turned into a park trick…

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Gas Works park in Seattle

I have talked about Gas Works park being one of my favorite spots to take pictures in Seattle many times here because it is true and I like doing it. I took this shot with Impossible’s black and white instant film. I believe it was with their generation 2.0 of the film, which works really well and gives some great results. I really enjoy shooting with it in my vintage One-Step. This particular shot has an awesome ethereal feel with the soft focus on the plant. I have grown to really like the inconsistent focus of the camera and the results I get from shots. It adds to the randomness that is instant photography.

Expired black and white instant film and Thanksgiving

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This year Cassidy and I joined our friends Adam and Ashley at Adam’s parents house for Thanksgiving. It was a fun time and a good change from our most common Thanksgiving event of watching all three extended versions of the Lord of the Rings trilogy. It takes roughly twelve hours and is totally worth it if you’ve never done it. I brought along my Polaroid One Step and my last pack of Impossible film. It was a box of their first generation of black and white film that expired in February of 2015. I thought it would be a perfect time to snap a few shots and see what happens. Also, to be honest, having a camera to get behind helps out a lot when I’m amongst a group of people. It is a conversation starter and and allows me to relax more.
I took this picture of the dinner table after it was set before everyone sat down. This and the other images I got came out better than I expected for the film being expired. I have had it stored in our fridge the whole time I’ve had it, so it kept pretty well.
I scanned this shot with the Impossible Project’s iOS app rather than my scanner. I really like the results. I also tried out Google’s new photo scanning app and the Impossible app got more details of the photo. The scans I got from Google’s app lost details in the foreground of the image and it was hard to see the forks and knives on the table. With Impossible’s app I was able to get more of the detail that was captured by the original photo. I think I am going to start using their app all the time to scan my instant photos for sharing them here.

Lake Union in Black & White

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I took this shot with my Polaroid One Step on black and white Impossible film. It was shot from Gas Works park looking out on Lake Union.

Green and black film under a bridge and how I feel about the world right now

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I took this while standing under 99 facing down the hill away from the Fremont Troll with my Polaroid One Step on Impossible Green & Black film. It was a weird and fun film to shoot with as I didn’t really have an idea of how it would come out. I tried to over expose as it seemed like the green would darken everything and shooting under a bridge doesn’t have much light anyways.

Being uncertain of how things will come out seems to the general theme in my thoughts lately. I didn’t vote for Trump because I didn’t want him to be President. I think his hateful rhetoric will divide this country even further. Already there have been many reports of people getting harassed and attacked as targets of hate and he hasn’t even been inaugurated yet.

I’m not sure yet of exactly how I want to help, but I know I want to help. I’m a straight white male. If I wanted to I could ride this out and come out relatively unharmed except for paying more taxes, probably. But, equality or the lack thereof has always struck a chord with me. It boggles my mind that anybody who lives in America would think that someone else is less than human based on something that makes them different. Our differences is what makes us stronger and betters everyone’s life. Moving to Seattle and seeing the world differently has opened my eyes to a lot of things I knew little about and I am better for it.

Not being willing to hear each other out is what has gotten us into this divided state. I will admit that I have shut down the idea of hearing out those who disagree with me politically because I couldn’t understand their point of view. The thing to do now is to listen to each other, to find those that disagree with us and hear them out, to debate with them our own view, and to find somewhere we can meet in the middle.

Unless your view is full of hate, racism, and misogyny. I can’t meet you in the middle there. That just has to go. I don’t have to respect that opinion because it has no basis in reality.

I’m not really sure where I’m going with this post. I just felt like saying something because saying nothing is part of the problem.

I’m going to start saying something. I haven’t been one to post much about politics, but I’m going to start being part of the discussion now. Call me a social justice warrior or whatever all you want. But, I want to be part of the process and have my voice heard.

Right now I’m going to start with donating to organizations doing work I think is important like Planned Parenthood, the ACLU, the EFFFight for the Future, and others. I know I can contact my Senators and Representative to let them know how I want them to vote and represent me as a citizen and I will do that.

I also want people to know that they can be safe with me. If you are feeling victimized because of your race, gender, religious beliefs, or anything else you can come to me for help. I will believe you and I will do what I can to help.

Traveling through a concrete time tunnel

Recently spent an afternoon at Gas Works park, my favorite place to take photos in Seattle. Shooting a pack of Impossible Black and White seemed like a great idea.

Boat outside Osaka Castle

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Another shot I took on our trip to Japan. This one I took outside Osaka Castle along the moat before we crossed the bridge onto the main grounds. It is a really beautiful and interesting place with tons of history to learn.

I used the PX-70 Cold — film in my new VSCO set. I really like the colors and how with the gold it still feels pretty warm.

Japan and Instant film, two of my favorite things

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I just got another set of film from VSCO, so of course I had to try it out. I got the instant film pack. Instant film has some of my favorite qualities in film photography, but it also has my least favorite, it’s just too darn expensive to practice solely. So, I’ve done the next best thing and gotten VSCO instant films for Lightroom. I’ve always really liked VSCO and what they do. The quality and attention to detail is amazing. With this film I can emulate some of my favorite film shots using my DSLR. I tried it out here on a shot I took when Cassidy and I went to Japan. This is at one of the many beautiful shrines we saw while we were there. The film really adds a great quality to the shot. The contrast is awesome and the color is really spot on. It looks like a Polaroid shot it. I’m looking forward to what I can do with these.

This spooky ferris wheel brought to you by instant photography at the Seattle waterfront

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Not long after we moved to Seattle I took a day to wander around downtown and the waterfront to snap some instant photos. I had some black and white Impossible film with me and the results were some pretty fun and spooky shots. This one of the ferris wheel is one of my favorites.

A view from Lake Union with instant film


It was a sunny summer day and we were out with friends on Lake Union putzing around in an electric boat to celebrate a birthday. I of course brought along cameras and took pictures. I had one of my instant cameras with me that day and snapped a few shots from the boat looking out at the lake. These are a few of the scans that I particularly liked. It seemed that every bridge rose up as we came to it that day bowing before the might of our tiny ship.

Black and white polaroids at the Ballard Locks

These shots are a few from a cartridge of Impossible film’s black and white hard color edition film. I really like the contrast of the black and white images with the solid color borders. These particular ones came from a batch of imperfect films I got at a discount from Impossible. I took my camera with me on a trip out to the Ballard Locks here in Seattle. I’m pretty sure it was when my parents were last visiting us. The film still needed to be guarded from the sun and some of the shots may have gotten a little bit more sunshine than they were expecting. But, I still really like them and how they turned out.

Instant photography at Magnuson Park, Seattle


Right after Cassidy and I moved here to Seattle we took a bus ride up to Magnuson Park on a sunny September weekend. I remember it being really hot because I wore a hoodie the whole time. I wanted to use my Polaroid camera with Impossible film in it and at the time Impossible film was still very sensitive to sunlight, especially right as it came out of the cartridge. The best defense against this was to install a frog tongue on your camera to act as s shield for when the film first comes out. Or as I found out, one could also snap the photo and then quickly sneak the camera inside a jacket and let the film eject in darkness there. I went with the latter approach, but this meant wearing a hoodie when it is in the low 70s (Fahrenheit) outside. I got a little sweaty, but we still had a fun time walking around the park and exploring as much as we could.

These black and white polaroids are soo pictures I took last year…

I really like my Polaroid cameras and I’m really glad that Impossible continues to make awesome films for them. It is always fun to see the results of instant film, even when it doesn’t work out as I hoped. Stepping away from a digital camera on occasion is a good reminder of what it takes to take a great photo. I don’t consider myself an amazing photographer, more an enthusiastic hobbyist. But, I know what I like and what I want in a photo. So, it is a great challenge to try to get the results I’m looking for. These are some black and white shots I took last year. The black frame is one of my favorite Impossible films. It wraps the black and white image beautifully and helps bring attention to the photo. Working with this film and these cameras is still something I am trying to get down, but on occasion I get photos I feel like sharing. Let me know what you think of them or if you have any tips/experiences with Impossible film in the comments.

Into the distance, on a scooter we ride…

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I took this picture on a sunny day while walking to meet my wife Cassidy at a friend’s house. I had the luxury of stopping every so often to snap a picture of the thing that caught my attention. In this case I had my Polaroid One Step with me and some Impossible film loaded up in it. I have always enjoyed pictures of pathways moving up the center of the photo to the horizon and disappearing. As cliche as it is, I really like it. I also think scooters are really rad. This picture has both, so it wins twice. Please to enjoy.

A day at Madison beach – instant film photography

A couple of years ago we spent a summer afternoon at Madison beach. It was really nice to sit near the water and put my feet in on such a hot day. I don’t know how to swim, something I am going to change in 2016, so I just sat at the water’s edge and got my feet wet. This allowed me to walk along the water and take photos with my Polaroid One Step. I had some Impossible color film with me that day. I have always liked how these shots came out. It is nice to think of how hot it was in these cold winter months.