Every photograph posted on this blog is the phenomenal result of a Canon 550d camera. Recently, the clarity and blur on my lens had been out of whack, so I’ve turned to my canary yellow Instax mini polaroid to fulfil all of my shooting desires. There’s something a little bit sacred and heartwarming about polaroids: every shot is purposefully selected based on the aesthetics of the environment, the golden feeling in the moment or the significance of the event.
Both candid and posed polaroids make an appearance in my films… There are shots where friends smile at the lens, and others where they don’t even realise their picture has been taken. Nevertheless, each small rectangle transports me back to a moment in time, allowing me to appreciate the magical blips of memory that they are.
And so, I present the first of my polaroid albums.
Specific themes emerged from the blend of white frames blu-tacked on my wall. SURPRISINGLY, the number one most-photographed subject was FOOD.
Licking spoons, eating breakfast, cooking dinner, drinking margaritas, sitting down for family meals… all of these instants make an appearance over and over again. Food isn’t just sustenance, it’s an integral part of humanity. As sharing a meal brings people closer together, I’ve chosen to tell the stories behind a handful of my favourite foodie pics…
LEFT: Bianca and Holly across from me at the breakfast table the morning after our first university ball. Ashleigh is sitting by my side, and we’re sharing pancakes, fruit and tea in our pyjamas.
Holly and I both had time off from work, so we decided to spontaneously visit a friend we made in Europe… he lives in Sydney. This photograph is of Holly cooking pasta in his apartment, right before I knocked a full bottle of olive oil off of the bench (I’m ridiculously clumsy!). After the clean up, we drank cheap pink moscato and played cards with new friends.
Brae and I hadn’t seen each other in years after she left our theatre group. We caught up in a cute cafe/bar in Brisbane where we ordered cocktails and chatted about her films and my writing.
This polaroid was taken on the Sydney road trip: Glenn & Jake sharing a milkshake in a diner.
LEFT: Zak’s family at breakfast outside by the pool.
RIGHT: My family on Mother’s Day, around our dinner table.
Ashleigh came over for an ‘art day’ – of course we had to cook brownies to fuel us for hours of painting!
Our first meal together! Zak and I cooked a rice curry for his parents one evening when we had a day off. Aren’t our aprons cute?? 😉
I saved the best for last: Zak attempting to cook pancakes but nearly burning the kitchen down instead. He cheekily sprayed olive oil onto the flame directly after I warned him not to: classic boyfriend behaviour, right?!
My wall of white rectangles is constantly expanding, so
keep an eye out for plenty more polaroid articles.