I came across this amazing abandoned factory in upstate NY. I hope to shoot there in the next few weeks. Sometimes clothes inspires a shoot,nature or a girl. This is the first time a particular building has been the inspiration. I will keep everyone posted on the shoot. Feel free to email any ideas to me…….email@example.com
This week she hit pause studios would like to give a shout out to someone keeping Polaroid and Film photography alive. There are only 6 cameras left in the whole world that shoot 20×24 instant Polaroids. One of them is used by Elsa Dorfman in Cambridge, MA, which she has been shooting with since 1980. It’s weird to see someone look so small next to a camera. The camera weighs 200 lbs. I just met a few people in Brooklyn that had a chance to work with her and said it was an amazing experience. Check out Elsa’s site for more info or to book a shoot ($3000, though worth it) www.elsadorfman.com
elsa dorfman with her gigantic polaroid that shoots 20×24 inch images
I have just returned home from a 2 week trip to Ecuador. My main goal was to chill out and the world gave me the the opposite. Crazy rains, a closed yoga studio, days of no waves and cabin fever. I just emailed a friend wondering why I was there when I met a life changing person. A Man of 70 years old who built his own little 1 room wood house. There was no running water and no bathroom. A bed, a hammock,a window without a screen and a crudely hung light bulb. He showed me his machete with it’s worn blade. The various fruits growing on his property…..bananas,pineapples,papayas and I few which I couldn’t make out. The one thing amazing about this man was that his was so happy. No worries about anything. In addition to meeting him I photographed a bunch of kids running around streets with chickens. The big reward was buying a little girl her first puppy at an animal swap. $1 that changed a life. So fucking amazing. I am starting to work out the logistics of returning to Ecuador in a few months, with a video camera,500 questions and a translator. This may lead to a documentary or photo essay. Initially I am going out there to capture answers and a story for my own understanding. Ready for the next art project.
There is a heaviness that exists in each roll of film and in each image
A rawness where there is no deleting and no turning back
Once you hit the button, that’s it. There is a romance to film
that laughs at digital.
I look at the camera to see how many images I have left.
The creases and discoloration that exist in vintage photography are as much of the artwork as the image itself.
Digital usually stays on the computer. The act of dropping off film and waiting a few days to see the images while imagining/hoping which ones you captured “correctly”
This is not a poem, though somehow it is starting sound like one and look like one.
I just love Polaroids and film. I Believe digital is a step backwards
I have just returned from 3 weeks of traveling up and down the coast of California (shooting and checking out some cool galleries) I have hundreds of new polaroids. I will move them ahead of other work I am fooling around with so I can share them soon
OK now for my obsession with pinterest. I have started collections of Polaroids, Surfing, Art I didn’t make, Photos I like/love, ballet,tights for my polaroids and Inspirational clothes for shoots. Please check it out and pin the hell out of my polaroids that I sprinkled in each category. My name on interest is Matt Schwartz (not she hit pause studios) If you are not already on pinterest you can sign up on my homepage or email me for an invite. Enjoy and be careful of your new addiction