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NEW: Locals Series Polaroid dog portraits

My new "Locals Series"  series is going really well. It's such a wonderful excuse to get me out of the studio on a beautiful day, photograph with one of my favorite cameras, get to know some locals, and give away free totally unique Polaroid dog portraits.  The "Locals Series" started in New York, and since it was so popular over there I decided to bring it to San Francisco. Once or twice a month I'll wander over to a new neighborhood park with my beloved Fuji Fotorama (see below) instant camera and some of the last remaining original Polaroid Sepia pack film left on the planet. I like to look for dog/human pairs that really exemplify the essence of each neighborhood. I introduce myself, tell them a bit about the project, juggle my light meter, camera, film timer, film, dog, owner, and a sharpie and magically create 2 instant dog portraits in the span of about 5 minutes. It's a fun challenge. Once the Polaroid is dry, I sign the back for authenticity and watch people's faces light up as they fall into the warm hues and crisp detail of their new Sepia portrait. The images below feature some great Dolores Park locals. polaroid photographer

 

 

 

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polaroid photographer And for all you photonerds, this is what the dreamy Fuji Fotorama FP-1 looks like. These were made in Japan in the early 90s as an instant proofing tool, and are very hard to find. Unlike the majority of instant Polaroid pack-film cameras out there, the Fotorama gives you aperature, shutter speed, and focus controls and a superior lens. In a way, they are similar to a large format field camera (collapsable view camera).

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Beekeeping with my father

Crunch-time is hitting the studio, and in order to clear my head a bit before diving in to a challenging and rewarding day of production I thought I'd spend a minute with a few favorite Polaroid images from this Summer. I came across these portraits of my father tending to his bees while putting together a guest post for one of my favorite blogs-Dog Art Today. This guest blog post is all about my secret affair with my iPhone's "poladroid" app. I love it, I hate it, I feel conflicted about it. But then I stumble across my one true love- a dusty Polaroid Land Camera- and all is right again. Nothing comes close to the magic, the depth, and wordless honesty that the analog instant system can create.

When you photograph the things you love, with the tools you love, the only outcome will be something beautiful. So, here are a few portraits of my father, proudly tending to his bees. I was supposed to be helping, but instead I just tucked my pants into my socks, put my hood over my head, and tried to focus the darn camera through a huge mesh cape/hat thing. It was perfect.

 

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