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Sunday, 17 February 2019

The End of The Polaroid Project

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The-Polaroid-Project

Last year was a good one! There was a lot going on with the wedding and New York trip, but we also did a lot of fun things at home. One of my favourite things about the year was my Polaroid project. It captured a snapshot of every day, and as I mentioned recently, I was a little sad when it stopped.

I still now, two months after finishing, just before bed think "oh no...I haven't taken today's picture!", only to remember that I don't actually have to. It's a sad feeling, because it was such a huge part of last year. There wasn't a day or occasion that wasn't documented with those little pictures.

When I started it, I only had one rule...to make sure I didn't miss a day! I'm pleased to say, I managed just that, I didn't miss any...not one! Even we were travelling, I got one of us all on the plane, and a sad one of our feet and luggage, in the airport on the way home. Special days were captured too, birthdays and other occasions. I even started to plan certain shots, to plan what would work and be a good picture if I knew what we were doing that day. There were certain days of the year when I could see the picture in my head, like the day on the plane, when we left for New York. I knew I wanted a picture of us all in our seats. Or the day we got married, I knew I wanted a picture of us kissing, in our hotel room.

The-Polaroid-Project
The-Polaroid-Project
The-Polaroid-Project

Taking the picture became such an important part of the day, and I started to take the camera with me everywhere we went, just in case the moment presented it's self for the perfect shot of for that day.

I also made the decision very early on, to date and number them. I knew, that when looking back, I'd want to know what number the picture was, but also the date, so I didn't have to try and work it out myself. Some even ended up with little doodles. Things like balloons on birthdays, hearts on anniversaries, or a pumpkin for Halloween.

As the year grew to a close, I started to consider carrying on, just making it a permanent part of everyday life, but chose to let it end as it was meant to capture 2018, and all the important wedding things. Also...because it would be quite an expensive habit to continue permanently. The year before I started, I stock piled some Instax film. Also, because everyone knew I was doing it, I got given quite a lot of film for my birthday, so I had plenty! Which was lucky as I wasn't only using the camera to take the 365 pictures of the year, I was still using it as I normally would. So, as you can imagine...I made my way through a lot of film!

The-Polaroid-Project
The-Polaroid-Project
The-Polaroid-Project

At the beginning of the year, I kept the pictures in an old Dior highlighter box. They are pretty small, and I couldn't envision how big the pile would be after 12 months, so for a while that did the job. Three months in, I transferred them to a brown kraft box from Paperchase. I love brown paper, we wrap most of our gifts in it, and the look of it with label maker labels makes me very happy. The twelve months fit perfectly in the box, and at the moment they are still in their little piles, month by month. I've had a few people say to me, why don't I tie them together, or put bands around each month? I don't know, I kind of like the idea of them becoming muddled together overtime.

So that's it, it's done and 2018 is now in a box. It's definitely something I'd do again, probably over another year when we have a lot going on, as a fun was to document it all. I really did enjoy the whole process. Numbering each one, and changing the Sharpie colour with the seasons was also very satisfying!

The-Polaroid-Project

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