My intent is to produce a self-published, print-on-demand book with a selection of SX-70 Polaroid instant prints from my “From Our Windows” project. In preparation, I ordered a twenty page test book from my chosen POD printer, Blurb Books. This allows me to try out different layout options, page background colours and typefaces at minimal cost before committing to the printing of the final book, which will likely be in the fifty-plus page range. This video takes a close look at the test book and some of the design options I am considering.
I started this series of posts with a written introduction to From Our Windows. However, I thought I would put together a “home-style” video with yours truly explaining the genesis of the project as well as a quick look-through of André Kertész’s 1981 book, From My Window.
The video is embedded in this post for your convenience but, if you wish to see it at a larger scale or full-screen, you can do so on my YouTube channel at: https://youtu.be/cMFdj8Exd2U. And, while there, be sure to subscribe: more videos will be added shortly!
The last time I picked up a Polaroid camera was about 1979. It was a Polaroid OneStep loaded with SX-70 film, both original Polaroid Corporation products.
So much has changed since then. Polaroid filed for bankruptcy in 2001, changed ownership twice and finally shut down its film processing plants in 2008. The Impossible Project salvaged the Netherlands factory just hours before it was to be demolished and set out to remanufacture Polaroid film, including SX-70 film, but with recipes missing, no suppliers, no color dyes and chemicals unavailable or banned the process of recreating the complex 3.5″ x 4.25″ integral film turned out to be a challenge.
The Impossible Project became Polaroid Originals in 2017, once it acquired the brand name and intellectual property of the original Polaroid Corporation and, simply, Polaroid earlier this year. Their SX-70 film has gone through a few iterations, improving immensely over the years. But the film I use today, is very different from the film I used in 1979. More to come on that topic. In the meantime, here are a few more SX-70 instant pictures in the From Our Windows project.
“From Our Windows”, my current photography project, looks at the world as experienced from the windows of my home. It’s about the nature of enforced containment we all must deal with during the global pandemic, the longing for what lies beyond walls and windows, the stuff of life inside these walls and windows, the light that freely streams into my world and the beauty that comes out of that dialogue. It is my personal response to a collective event but it is also a view from all our windows.
I’d like to thank the Manitoba Arts Council (MAC) for approving a “Connecting the Distance” micro-grant towards the completion of this project. As with most photographic undertakings, production costs quickly mount and this project is no different. The financial assistance of MAC is greatly appreciated.