365+1 of Avi

My wife Courtney gave birth to our beautiful daughter Avellana in 2012. Prior to the birth, I knew that I would want to do some sort of art piece to honor and document our child. I had gone on a buying spree of folding SX-70 cameras early in 2011 with the launch of The Impossible Project films and decided to utilize these cameras for this project.

Dedicating one self to a 365 day project to one subject on one format is pretty difficult. Compound that commitment to the challenges of learning how to be a father, learning ever changing shooting materials (Impossible Project and later old stock Polaroid film), and using old unreliable cameras, I had days of where I really wasn’t sure if I could pull it off. But, persistence and support from Courtney paid off.

One might ask, why instant film? Why 30+ year old cameras? Why the Impossible Project? The answer to those questions really was that I didn’t want this to be easy. I could have simply saved a whole lot of money and toted one of our digital cameras around. But, that wouldn’t have been enough of a challenge. Taking pictures with a digital or traditional film camera would have allowed me to shoot too much. With this project, I would have to learn to take the good with the bad and accept that the one shot might not be technically perfect. Shooting this on instant film allowed me to explore an area of photography that I feared was lost. I had taken Polaroid for granted. Even with the rise of digital photography, in the back of my mind, I had always thought Polaroid would be around producing instant film. I figured over time the prices would go up, but not that Polaroid would stop producing film in 2008. This project not only allowed me to photographically witness my daughter growing up, but also allowed me the opportunity to take part in what I thought was a lost tradition of modern americana, stoping and snapping off a polaroid of your family.