Wednesday, December 03, 2008

Back to Basics

With the current state of our economy there is a lot of talk about the importance of getting back to basics. New York is a fast-paced city of extremes and most of us welcome the respite from the frenetic energy and constant activity and buzz all around us. I've been blogging a lot lately about the need to just breath, relax and take the time to look around and appreciate the simple things. It's easier than it sounds, I know.

Life happens so quickly and it's so easy to get so bogged down in the minor detail of every day that you (eg. I) forget to relish in the big picture. The big picture is just as important...that overall feeling of "things are not that bad" over-ride the one bad day I had because I'm feeling unmotivated or the "I'm not that good as I think I am" moment. I think about my amazing husband, our health, my beautiful, humongous and slightly crazy family (myself included) and yes, things aren't so bad. Jobs, as we all know, come and go, money is money...sometimes we have a lot and sometimes we wish we had more, but family and love and friendship and health and our creative outlets are the real things to be thankful for.

So, if you know this place, this fun and sometimes random blog, then you know that I always try to find some way to connect my thoughts, when I actually write them, to a photograph. So in the interest of getting "back to basics" so to speak, I'll tell you about this fabulous new website that I came across when reading the freaking awesome Digital Photography School blog. There's a nifty new site that allows you to turn your images into polaroids...it's
Poladroid. How cool is that? I had one a million years ago that I inherited from my mom (she would take it with her to photograph houses) around the time that my parents bought me my first camera - a purple and pink Le Clic! I've no idea where either of those relics are now. sniff.

My dear blogging friend, Amy, has a clunky machine that she carries around with her. I'm so jealous. I knew that she had one that she found at a thrift shop in Brooklyn but I had no idea it was THE ORIGINAL polaroid. It's not your mother's polaroid...it's your great-grandmother's mother's polaroid. Me? I have to cheat at it so I have been using this fabulous program that you can download for free (sorry, PC, Mac only for now!) It's not QUITE the getting back to basics that I had in mind...after all, I do have to use my shiny Apple to get it, but I'm trying. Rather than going over to Ebay to spend money when I should be saving, I'm downloading a free program to have the end effect that I want. It's a different kind of instant gratification that only the real camera could give.

I made my own holiday cards (in 5x7 glossy heavy stock) this year and this is the original version of the image and the polaroid version. I took it at the Wollman Rink last winter. There's a group on Flickr too so you should check it out. Also, if you want to see the real thing, check out this blog too!

Poladroid!



Original:

In the Spirit!

Today's Soundtrack:

Thirteen Senses - Into the Fire


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