Friday, July 26th, 2013
Almost a year ago the Film Photography Project gifted me a Polaroid Super Shooter. If you’ve never played with one before, this is probably the most basic version of the Polaroid Land Camera. It shoots Fujifilm FP-100C and FP-3000B. And I’m a black and white guy so I shoot FP-3000B.
I just don’t shoot nearly enough of it because I need to work out a strong process that defies the world of dust. And I need to set in place an archive system where these polaroid photographs aren’t destroyed by my office environment.
At the moment I tend to shoot the pack of film on location then throw the unpeeled polaroids into my coat pocket. I peel the film apart when I reach home and hopefully there’s a small breeze to help them all dry on a seat in the back yard.
The next step has been to scan each negative then bring the polaroid positives inside one at a time for scanning. That’s about it. They all get dumped onto my office bookshelf and I really have no archival process to talk about.
So over the next few months I need to focus in on the Super Shooter. I need to make a film holder box where I can safely place peel apart film until scanning to avoid dust and scratches. Although I’m not entirely sure how to handle the sticky negatives. And I need archival sleeves (guessing 4 inch by 5 inch could work). Anyway, this is kind of a work in progress.
I absolutely love that the Super Shooter is an uncommon plastic camera to shoot. People notice it in the hand. And this camera, for all the shortfalls, makes the odd angry damn fine photograph.
My only real issue is that I’m not retaining a dust free copy of film because my polaroid photography process isn’t robust.