Projects and challenges really make life creative moment to moment, whether you are being spontaenous, problem solving, finding more joy or stillness or creating some art. I enjoy them and make up my own whenever I feel. At the moment I have two on the go and a third in planning.
I started this project on 9th June 2017, I have used film cameras in the past and loved the crisp artistic look they had, I wanted a Polaroid camera a long time ago but hadn’t realised how accessible and affordable they were. On the 9th June, the morning of my friends 22nd birthday I changed my planned route, went to the shops and bought a pink Instax Mini 8. I loved it, seeing photos coming out and developing in seconds was like magic! I played around with that for a week then I upgraded and got an Instax 90, I wrote about the differences cameras 30 photos in.
I started trust and love in Polaroids as ‘trust’ is my word for 2017 and ‘love’ because I believe those things go together, I’m living in and spreading love.
I take a mixture of photos and am always playing and experimenting, learning as I go. I take pictures of home life, fun things I’m doing, self portraits, friends – anything really that I want to capture!
Each photo is unique and unlike camera phones or digital cameras you only really get one single shot to appreciate and treasure.
I (at the moment) write a caption on mostly all my photos, except extra landscape shots I take, I write the date on the back and place or person. Then on the front I write a little note of inspiration, quote from a book, a memo to myself or what I was doing at the time.
For now I am putting all photos I have taken and scanned into the project gallery, in time, depending on where this leads I may organise it or make it into something bigger.
You can view the Polaroid gallery here.
The Living List is just like a bucket list or before I die list just with a focus in the title of ‘aliveness’. I am noting down things I want to do and have done as a form of accountability, inspiration, accomplish goals and to get out my own way (or away from my creative space for a while) and go and be in the world and create an experience!
You can view items and links to blog posts on my Living List
‘It’s the side projects that really take off, by side projects I mean the stuff you thought was just messing around. Stuff that’s just play.That’s actually the good stuff. That’s when the magic happens’ – Austin Kleon