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The Impossible, Now Possible?

I am an avid  fan of instant photography. I hope you know that about me by now. Unfortunately, when Polaroid stopped producing film for their instant cameras, it kinda put a damper on my ability to use most of my Polaroid cameras. Sad face.

Enter The Impossible Project.

The Impossible Project (TIP) began working to produce film on the equipment at the old Polaroid factory. You can find a nice timeline of their journey on their website, which includes much more info than I can detail for you here! Anyway, I have to tell you: since TIP had to “start from scratch,” the first films they began making were kind of…finicky. It was not as straight-forward as “put our new films in your  Polaroid cameras, and you can expect exactly what you got from Polaroid films.” They posted tutorials on their site about how to get the best results from their films and there seemed to be a lot of discussion within the online photographic community about how users’ photos were turning out. I was curious to try the film from TIP, of course, but…

The film is a little more pricey than Polaroid film was, though I suppose that is understandable at this point. However, the price had always been a deterrent since I didn’t think I could trust the film enough to justify the cost. You know what’s awesome though? A very dear old “photography buddy” of mine sent me some Impossible Project film as a pressie in 2010.  This was in the early days of the film’s production, so I had trouble getting things just right in my photos. I began to think that you had to do a tribal dance to the Instant Photography gods in order to get a TIP photo to “work”!

PX100 photo from 2010

Having said that, it was really important to me was that the Impossible Project people were trying. It’s made me very happy that someone was doing something proactive about keeping instant photography alive. I have kept a keen eye out on the progress of TIP‘s products, which has been easy thanks to Flickr and Twitter. I’ve watched the Impossible Project’s emulsions get better and better. I’ve been getting REALLY excited! And, whaddya know, some of their new PX100 black and white film fell into my lap! This time, my experience was MUCH different than it had been in 2010. Right out of the box, my first shot “worked”! The photo wasn’t in focus because I’d never used a manual focus SX-70* before, so my finger slipped and took the photo before I’d properly focused it. But that was “my bad.”  The exposure definitely turned out!

Le “first official shot on the PX100 Silver Shade UV+”

And a few more, por ejemplo:

Technical info: Polaroid SX-70 • Impossible PX100 Silver Shade UV+ • PX Shade inserted in camera • Photos developed face down or in a dark place once removed from camera, for at least the recommended 4 minutes or longer when possible.


I know this was only one pack of that film, but I’m likin’ it! Any of the images that “didn’t work” were purely a matter of operator error – that is to say, I fudged them up! I think I’m sold on the newer TIP films after this experience and having seen so many good shots from others who are using those films. I’m excited to watch the progress of what TIP is doing in that factory of theirs. Viva la instant photography!

*Using that particular SX-70 will be the subject of another blog posting, another day! It’ll be one of my “Yard Sale Finds” posts!


Hey! How about some more photos from Muddy’s birthday bash last month?

Congratulations on a super successful first four years at Muddy’s. And many happy returns!

What’s a Muddy’s party without champagne in classy, vingtage-style “champagne coupes”?

LOTS of friends of the shop and customers came in to celebrate with the Muddy’s gang

There was even a performance of an original song about Muddy’s!

No birthday party is complete without the “Happy Birthday” song. Kat was serenaded by a rendition of the song, played on kazoo and ukulele 

Just a few of the staff members it takes to keep Muddy’s up and running AND awesome!

Again, congratulations to Kat and everyone who has worked so hard over the past four years to make Muddy’s a success. I’m sure there are many more Leap Day parties in your future 🙂

It’s Party Time! Excellent!

Muddy’s Bake Shop had a big birthday recently. Depending upon your point of view, Muddy’s either turned four years old or one year old. That’s because the bakery is a Leap Day baby!

I was asked by Muddy’s owner, Kat, to come snap photos at the big birthday bash she threw for the shop on Leap Day.  IT WAS SO FUN! Lots of customers, employees, and friends of the shop showed up for the party. The place was buzzing! I was so pleased to be a part of it all! I’ll post more “official” photos from the party soon, but here are some “just for funsies” ones I took with my Pentax ZX-7 that night!

{A Worthy Cause} The Hard Places Community

I know this isn’t the usual Shoot With Personality subject matter, but I’d like to let you all know about a very worthy cause…

Tonight, I had the pleasure of hearing my dear friend Drew Mellon speak on behalf of the Hard Places Community.  Hard Places Community is a wonderful organization that works to combat sex trafficking of children in Southeast Asia. Drew was speaking in the Memphis area in order to promote the event known as Traffick Jam, a walk-a-thon which serves as a way to raise funds and awareness for Hard Places. To give you an idea about what it is that this organization does, they outline their mission via their website as:

We strive to bring an end to the sexual exploitation of children through prevention, intervention, and restoration. The Hard Places Community was founded in 2008, and has consistently worked among and on behalf of exploited and at risk children in Phnom Penh, Cambodia and other areas around the world.

Here are some resources for more information on the Hard Places Community and Traffick Jam. I hope you will choose to become involved, whether it be through participating in a Traffick Jam near you, by making a financial contribution to the organization, or by just helping spread the word!

  • Hard Places Community homepage
  • Traffick Jam 2012 Facebook page
  • For those who aren’t able to hear Drew speak in person, here is a wonderful video where he talks about Hard Places and Traffick Jam