26 February 2020
I took a trio of middle school kids to shoot polaroids at a local doughnut shop.
in another life, I taught for an after school program in portland, oregon. while my digital photography class was wildly popular, my instant photography class was not. three girls signed up (one of which, admittedly, was my own daughter), as opposed to the fifteen that enrolled for the digital. I think I can now openly admit just how much I favored this little polaroid group, impromptu doughnut shop photo shoot merely exhibit A in a long line of damning evidence.
we went through at least five boxes of pack film that day, consumed at least a dozen doughnuts. when we finally finished, our table was a spectacular mess of peel-apart photographs and empty milk cartons.
I was in love with the idea of a future that included a few kids with a heart for the past.
at 9:49 PM
Labels: long live instant film, once, portland, with the nikon
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Oh I love this so much. xoReplyDelete
Thank you for this as always. I loved imagining them capturing images, being joyful at what they found when their pictures developed and how sweet those doughnuts tasted. More and more I find myself in the unpopular role. Valuing preservation and building on the past rather than tearing it all down. Libraries are vibrant and relevant, but it's hard to be everything to everybody. It feels like less and less kids want help finding books, but those that do are so sweet and engaging. I keep telling myself to keep going, it's worth it even for a few. I think I'll keep your story nestled in my heart for awhile. ~b xoxoReplyDelete
15 girls who only wanted the shiny future vs 3 girls who want the shiny future + the messy past all mixed togetherReplyDelete