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My ‘Roid Week 2014 (Part One)

‘Roid Week 2014 – Part One was May 19th -23rd. It was a lot of fun! Here’s my contribution to the madness:

Be sure to check out all the cool photos in the ‘Roid Week 2014 Flickr group, too.


Get your instant film and cameras ready because it turns out that this year there’ll be a ‘Roid Week – Part Deux from October 20th – 24th. Woo hoo!

‘Roid Week 2013

What the heck is ‘Roid Week you ask? It’s a celebration of instant film! The ‘roid part is short for Polaroid, but Polaroid isn’t the only instant film being celebrated during this very special week. Sadly Polaroid films are no longer manufactured and photographers are shooting up what’s left in their stashes. The good news is that Fuji’s instant peel-apart films and Instax integral film, as well as Impossible Project films, are alive and kicking — and being put to good use during ‘Roid Week!

This is the second year I’ve taken part in ‘Roid Week. Since I was away for the first day, I only have eight photos. (According to the group’s rules, participants may add two photos per day to the pool.)

To read more about ‘Roid Week 2013 and see work by other photographers, check out the ‘Roid Week 2013 Flickr group. There’s some really great stuff there! This year’s ‘Roid Week ran from Monday, July 15 through Friday, July 19, 2013.


An Instant Film Photowalk in Washington, DC

Recently I met up with Frank and Brandon for a film photowalk around Washington, DC. Armed with our Polaroid cameras and lots of Impossible Project film, we walked from one end of the District to the other – and back again. The weather was perfect and we had a great time. I used a Polaroid Spectra camera I picked up from the Film Photography Project Store and I broke into my stash of Impossible’s PZ Silver Shade Cool film. To see the rest of the photos from the photowalk, check out the set on Flickr.

Sunflowers, Gravestones, and Garrett: Instant Film Goodness in Ohio

My last blog post was a month ago! Yikes! What have I been doing? Hmmm…. Well, I just got back from two weeks in Ohio. I had to pick up my entry from the Dayton Visual Arts Center’s Members’ Show. While I was home, I shot loads of 35mm film and lots of instant film from The Impossible Project.


When I was a kid, I used to go with Grandpa to walk the dogs in Woodland Cemetery. My grandparents lived just a block down the street from the entrance to the cemetery and I loved going with him. I didn’t know it at the time, but Woodland Cemetery was founded in 1841, and is one of the five oldest rural garden cemeteries in the United States. It’s also an arboretum. The cemetery’s website says that

Over 3,000 trees and 165 specimens of native Midwestern woody plants grace the Arboretum’s 200 verdant acres of rolling hills. Many of the trees are more than a century old and nine have been designated “Ohio Champions” by the Ohio Forestry Association.

There are a number of famous people buried in Woodland, too, including Wilbur and Orville Wright; poet Paul Laurence Dunbar; humorist Erma Bombeck; and Levi and Matilda Stanley, King and Queen of the Gypsies. Oh, and Loren M. Berry, the guy who invented the Yellow Pages around 1910. (This might come in handy on Jeopardy! someday.) As a kid, I had a great time looking at the gravestones, reading the names and dates, and thinking about these people who were born, lived, and died a hundred years before I came along. My favorite headstones were the ones with the little metal hinged cover that lift up to reveal a photo of the person occupying the grave. I only saw one of those on this visit. Possibly the most unusual tombstone in Woodland Cemetery is Johnny Morehouse’s.

johnny Morehouse's gravestone

According to legend, Johnny fell into the Miami & Erie canal and froze to death, despite his faithful dog’s efforts to pull him out. After he was buried, the dog laid on his gravesite and wouldn’t move. Eventually the dog died from starvation and sadness. A special stone was made in 1861 to commemorate Johnny’s dog’s devotion. Visitors to the gravesite leave toys, candy, and other small trinkets on the stone. Now that Johnny and his dog are reunited in the afterlife, so the story goes, their ghosts are roaming the cemetery and barking can sometimes be heard near the gravesite. Unfortunately I didn’t experience anything remotely supernatural the day I was there.


John's Sunflowers by Susan Stayer The sunflowers are in John’s garden. He lives next door to my parents and he’s got two big green thumbs. This year his garden was overflowing with tomatoes, zucchini, eggplant, cabbage, squash, and peppers. I made a nice ratatouille and some babaganoush. I’ve never eaten so many delicious tomatoes in my life.


Garrett, the family lab, posed for a few photos. He doesn’t really like having his picture taken. Most of the time he’ll turn his head away and pinch his eyes shut as tightly as he can. But there’s something about those old Polaroid cameras I’ve pointed his way. He doesn’t mind those so much, even when the flash on the Spectra goes off.

For this trip I used an SX-70 with Impossible Project PX70 film, both expired and fresh.   So that accounts for how I spent some of the last month. All I know is that time flies.