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I got a Polaroid Land SX-70 off eBay. Loaded up a pack of Impossible film and started testing it.

Looks like its light meter is a little off as all my shots came overexposed.

I tested using my usual models and following some advice from my resident photographer and the super nice people of Vintage Instant and somewhere between the first and eighth shot I found myself so fascinated by the camera that  I even went and read about its history. And watched old commercials of it.

But I guess my favorite moment was when after driving for two and a half hours I stood with sand beneath my toes and snapped the last of my first Impossible PX70 film shots. And this was the result.

Just like Laurence Olivier said: “And then, the Impossible happens.” I smiled all the way home.

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#1 question people ask when I tell them I went to school in Hawai’i:

Did you surf?

Answer: Yes.

[not pictured]

I took these either with a disposable, or a 35mm point-and-shoot Kodak (the kind you bought at a drug store in 1995.)

In the second picture Guy #1 is in process of asking Surfer Guy for the car keys. Because sometimes, believe it or not, you get tired of sitting at the beach.

(In the first one he had to wait for him to catch the wave over.)

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It was a tiny little camera. It took tiny pictures. That you could stick on things, if you got the sticky film. (The pictures were as small as post stamps.)

For a whole year I looked for the version of it that was also digital.* Never found it. I shot a few films with it. They were kind of expensive.

By the time I could afford more film, they stopped making it. It stayed in the closet,  as new. The other day I turned it on and it even made the sound that its flash was warming up.(I had forgotten to take out the batteries.)

Of course, I could always bring it back to life. All I need is some APS film and a floppy. Ha ha ha.

*0.3 pixels and 1 MB of internal memory!

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Yeap. We got the white stuff too (no, not the dust that comes from the Sahara, the other thing, frozen flakes that fall from the sky.)

Not in the city of course. (That happens very very rarely. About every twelve years or so.)

Slide film pictures, scanned and posted from snowy Mount Olympus. (Not really–but how would you know?)

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Okay, new thing: when I get stuck on a story, I scan films.

Which is more productive than what I was previously doing: watching too many old episodes of The Big Bang Theory.*

Which is really how I remembered that once, a long time ago when I worked in L.A. I was on a photo assignment at Saks in Pasadena, and on the way to the car I stopped and took some non-work related pictures.

Ah, Kodak, you made good films. I always liked how they were way less green than Fuji. We had some good times. I hope you won’t die like Polaroid.

*On the last picture on the left: The Cheesecake Factory.

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Another selves-portrait,* circa 1991.

Happy Birthday mom!

xoxo

*selves-portrait: taking a picture of another person and including yourself in the frame. [coined!]

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