And so it ends. The six-month journey of documenting my Pola life list goal here at Go Mighty is coming to a close.
When I started this project, the line on my life list read, “Take 1000 Polaroids.” It will now read, “Take approximately 300 more Polaroids.” That’s right: I’m not actually finished taking 1000 Polaroids. But I think that’s OK; it happens sometimes. Perhaps next time I will check myself before I set such a lofty goal. Or perhaps I will just keep on taking Polaroids until I reach 1000. At any rate, while the project is over on this site, it ain’t really over. And when I am finished finished, I have a fun ending in mind, about which I will keep you apprised right here at Go Mighty.
A short list of things I’ve learned while doing this project:
1. Taking good Polaroids is hard. Even with all of the practice, I still mess up 90% of the time.
2. Even so, I can’t bring myself to trash the bad ones. They are like runts of the litter: a little ugly, totally underdeveloped, but still sweet. LEAVE MY SAD BABIES ALONE.
3. People LOVE it when you bust out a Polaroid camera. I have never gotten as much attention with my DSLR.
4. Shooting in medium format makes you feel a little like Wes Anderson. Aaaand, that is the Smurfiest sentence I have ever written.
5. Dog hair sticks to Polaroid photos. It just does. If you have any sort of canine, I am sorry, but it is inevitable. Cave canis capillos!
It should go without saying (but I am going to say it anyway) that without The Impossible Project – who furnished all of the film for this enormous undertaking, and to whom I am eternally grateful — none of this would have been possible (heh). So, thank you times a million, Impossible Project. I couldn’t have done it without you. And another huge thank you to my lovely friends at Go Mighty for facilitating it all. I love y’all madly. Thank you, thank you, thank you!