Moving to Chicago: Instax Edition

I moved to Chicago. It’s a thing.

I took pictures of the process. Because I moved to Chicago to study for my Photography MFA. Photography. That’s me. Photos. Yes. Very.

Let me tell you, moving to another state is hella weird. But, I’m happy. My new apartment is right next to the el (which is Chicago’s public train system, “el” short for “elevated.) I hear trains go by all day everyday, which is amazing and not annoying, to be honest.

I had my room unpacked in a day. Yes, I have a mountain of galaxy printed pillows. That’s because I like stellar sleep. BOO-YAH.

I took my boyfriend around the city a little bit, since he’s never been to Chicago to explore, so that was lovely.

All of these were taken with a Fuji Instax Wide, because nothing says “moving is fun,” quite like instant film.

Oh, and Jafar is apparently a Disney Princess now.

Happy Shooting!

A Romantic Adventure of a Different Kind

A long time ago, in a land far away, I came across mythical creatures, which captured my interest.

Translation: In December, when visiting my boyfriend’s new house, I found a hella old radio and TV. I was bored, and made up a story about how they were in love. Then it became a photo series about a hella old TV and radio and their odd little romance.

  Aren’t they adorable?

I used my Polaroid Automatic 100 Land Camera, and FP-100C film. My favorite was taking the beach photograph. While slathering sunscreen on Mr. TV, some people at a nearby picnic pavilion were heckling me to take their photograph. Apparently, the couple in the group was celebrating their anniversary, so I walked on over their and took their picture. They asked me what on earth I was doing, so I told them, “I’m an art student and I make serious work. So, in the summer, I goof off.”

I’m super eloquent.

Happy Shooting!

Feeling Blue can be Surprising

One of the most frustrating things about photography is when your vision doesn’t quite match up with reality. These moments are learning experiences, but still, they’re not something you’d do to have fun on a Friday night.

I’ve been playing around with instant film lately because I actually experiment with all sorts of photographic media because I’m obsessed and while I was in NYC, I wanted to do a little shoot with Impossible Project’s Cyan Monochrome film. I even packed a moon for it.

But, I guess I’m not proficient enough in the art of Polariod/Impossible Project photography, because my images were just not coming out right. It was also probably the location of the shots too, because lighting is important my friends. But yeah. I scanned the images in anyway and played around on Photoshop to make them more visible.

In reality, the film isn’t contrasty and not as blue. If you’re interested and you want to see actually successful results, follow this link to the Impossible Project site.  I tried. I didn’t obtain the vision I had, which was a little disappointing, but I did get some cool results. Digital manipulation was involved to make these, so they’re cyanographs with a twist. A hybrid of instant and digital.

Never be afraid to share your mistakes. Some mistakes lead to greater things. And even though your vision may not work out sometimes, it might actually be for the better. Who knows!

Happy Shooting!