Happy RoidWeek everyone! To those who have been following this blog since last RoidWeek, thank you very much. To those who haven’t, scroll down a little ways and click on the “RoidWeek” link under 2011 and see what all the fuss is about. Anyway, you may remember that I challenged myself to step out of my comfort zone and take the photographs of four strangers each day. It helped me immensely grow as a photographer, and even a person. So for RoidWeek this year I wanted to continue the tradition and up the ante at the same time.
Before we go any further, I need to mention one thing. Yes this is 35mm film. But not just any film, it is Polaroid Instant 35mm slide film. Produced in the 90s and early 00s it was primarily used for companies and slide show presentations. So this fits within the bounds of this years 365 project under all the parameters. And just as a reminder any film to be used in this project must answer “Yes” to both of these questions:
- Is it made by either Polaroid OR The Impossible Project?
- Is it instant film?
The second question is in there because Polaroid did make some standard 35mm color print film. And that is not allowed. Ok, on to the main post.
So this year I managed to get my hands on a few rolls of 35mm PolaChrome and PolaPan thanks to Rare Medium in Seattle, WA. I had set this film aside for a few months patiently waiting around for this week to come. And we are finally here. Each roll contains 12 exposures (except for today which had much more to my surprise) and I was determined to use up the whole thing only on strangers.
I am amazed at what last year has done for me and my confidence. I took more portraits in one day, than I did all of RoidWeek2011. I also did it in far less time, only taking about 1 hour all together. Perhaps it was the neighborhood, as these images were shot on Mississippi Ave in Portland right near my office. A friendly place, where I only had one person say no. They were so kind about it too that I was the one feeling bad for asking. It was only later that I realized how ridiculous of a thought that was and I kept on shooting.
But perhaps a problem lies within me getting quicker. I found myself spewing the same line which as well as it worked. Got me in and out in seconds. I didn’t find anything out about the person, didn’t bother too either. And it is times like this that make me realize the importance of the rules in the “100 Strangers” project. Either way, it feels good to be making progression within this project. To have a goal to work for, and of course to be able to see slides just minutes after they are shot is the coolest thing ever.