I just listened to your Modern Polaroid Love Story piece and it was wonderful! Sounded beautiful, too. The music was outstanding! So glad you got that old Polaroid instructional; total time travel. Even went on eBay - like the guys in your story - to take a look at the old SX-70...
"For Megan - who's putting pictures on the radio" -- Christopher Bonanos
What a beautiful piece!!! It really moved me… Big time. My Dad was an amateur photographer and early tech geek and bought a Polaroid land camera in the early 60′s. I can remember as a little boy sitting on his lap watching the image materialize as he looked at his watch. Now I am in a relationship with a photographer, a pro, and we pretty much communicate by phone exchanging images.
Thanks for giving CBE such a great hour of awesome radio!
My dad had Polaroid pics. I’m pretty sure I only saw about half of them and I don’t want to think about the other half.
I am among the millions who really enjoyed your Polaroid piece. You’re probably hacking through all of the e-mail kudos right now. My brother – a photographer and painter would occasionally use Polaroids in one of the stages of his complex craft. He would shoot a Polaroid, re-photograph it in B&W, blow it up faded, then paint the developed picture, rendering photo-real paintings of still-lifes, portraits, and erotica.
I remember parties which were recorded only and enthusiastically by Polaroid cameras with the whole breath-catching giggling ritual of snap, count, shake and watch your grinning self ooze out of the little box. I can even remember what I was wearing in some of them, and that was over 50 years ago!! A large part of them recorded my love story courtship and first marriage. And, as I think of it, which I have not in years until a couple of days ago and am now at a light-speed rate, I think Polaroid was solely for recording joy.
I mean, we look at a Polaroid and because of its materiality we assign a value to it that people 30 years ago never thought of doing. I’m thinking about when I first learned to take commercial pictures for advertising agencies - the test shots, which used to be Polaroids, were always just being that - tests. Afterward though, these test shots were all that remained of the photo shoots as the clients were only interested in the end product to be printed in a catalog or a brochure. The remaining Polaroid became a memory of a moment that captured one’s work life, not the intimacy or privacy of family. I cherish the Polaroids that I still have from that time, somewhere in a box in my old room in my parents’ house...