A great opportunity popped up London last month – a Polaroid workshop run by Cyrus Mahboubian with the Impossible Project and Rough Trade. My friend Kirstin told me about it and today she’s sharing her experience here. The workshop offered a little bit of history of polaroid and what The Impossible Project have been up to the past few years. We looked at other polaroid artists and were shown tips on shooting – like shielding your photo as it pops out, although there was much excitement about recent the launch of the new film, but it wasn’t available at the time. Then you get given a pack of film from the Impossible Project as part of the workshop ready for a photowalk.
20 of us headed out into the glimmering sun and dreamy blue skies, all giddy with excitement and ready to shoot. A photo can be taken at every turn of the Brick Lane area in East London, it’s so cool; a mix of bars & restaurants and market stalls, with graffiti and colour everywhere. We took photos of each other and random things found. It really was liberating knowing that we should just play and shoot our 8 frames of instant film, just experiment and learn from each other… and embrace all results, perfect or not, as part of the learning experience. It was fabulous to see what everyone shot; a mini exhibition spread across the cafe table at Rough Trade.
Here are my four favourite polaroids of the day… I’m so excited to shoot more when I’m at Oasis in a couple of weeks with the other polaroid sisters. Yay!
What have you done with your photography lately that’s different from your usual routine? Have you played and experimented with something out of your comfort zone? please share with us today.
If you’d like more information about other polaroid workshops in your city, please visit the Impossible Project calendar – there’s even another one in London next week. If you can’t take part in a workshop, why not gather some other photographers and take a photowalk of your own.