I was thinking about love, and I asked The Collective & our friends to send me something made with one of the many instant film systems that are out there; something which symbolised or illustrated or suggested or was filled with or fired by or which breathed love, because we need love right now like we've never needed it before. In troubled times, love is the most potent kind of activism there is.
My heart is moved by all I cannot save:
so much has been destroyed
I have to cast my lot with those
who age after age, perversely,
with no extraordinary power,
reconstitute the world.
Lucy Wainwright is in a state of coveting an I-1 and a Chamonix 4x5 and will be speaking to Santa about that. Her grown up website is under construction, but in the mean time she can be found on Instagram or hanging out at the FSC Clubhouse.
Every month the FSC features a Polaroid Roundup -- a photostream of all things Instant. You may only submit one (1) photo and it *must* be a jpeg file and no larger than 20 MB. Please title the file "Title_Camera_Film_YourName.jpg" so that we may properly credit you if your photo is selected.
Next month's Roundup will be curated by Keith Mendenhall and the theme is "Gong Xi Fa Cai," the Chinese Lunar New Year. Interpretations may vary from specific and literal to general and very broadly imaginative. We are currently celebrating the year of the Rooster and this year's element is Fire. A photograph of a traditional celebration, of a rooster, of fireworks, of a soup dumpling, or a triptych of the Yellow Mountains in Huangshan, or a packfilm shot taken from the Star Ferry (or even better, from or of a junk), or anything at all shot on Impossible Project Lucky film, or an Instax shot distressed with gunpowder (ever done that before?) - all of these examples would be considered as successfully adhering to the theme. Accepted submissions will be those that are shot using any instant film format and that highlight a subject that is, in some way, specifically or loosely, based on the Chinese Lunar New Year or on China's very, very rich history and culture. And please know that research is encouraged. There are so many truly fascinating aspects to this celebration that open up such a lovely range of possibilities. Zhù Ni Xìngyùn. And thank you for participating." You can submit your photo here.