Back the Pack

In Film
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Hot August Nights, Reno, NV
Poppies, San Francisco, California

The rumors began to stir a couple of weeks ago on social media, and then, the news hit; the beloved Fujifilm FP-100C is nearing an end. And my heart hurts a little just thinking about it.

Night Crawler, Greagle, California
The Cabin, Greagle, California

For some of us this film takes us back to our childhood. But for me this film takes me back about 8 to 10 years ago. I was helping my god parents with a garage sale. I found a box with the Polaroid Land camera 103. We had no idea if it worked, but I was told I could take it if I wanted. I did some research, talked to a few of my favorite instant film shooters and was off. I ordered a battery and a case of color and black and white film.

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Sandy Sue, Stinson Beach, California

The 103 and my Canon dslr were almost ALWAYS with me when I was out for an adventure. If we have photo-walked together, you know what I am talking about. A comical moment was during a Shutter Sisters walk in San Francisco’s Chinatown. There were NO trash cans anywhere and by the time we made it to our dim sum lunch, I had my jean pockets STUFFED to the brim with the peels of my peel apart film.

photo credit goes to our very own Holly Clark
Shoes, San Francisco, California

I think this camera has stirred more conversations with strangers than any other camera I own. I know for certain it landed me a job as a second shooter with one of my favorite wedding photographers when I stilled lived in the Reno-Tahoe area. And I think it is probably the camera that has taught me the most about patience and slowing down as I shoot – frame, focus, reframe, refocus, check the frame again, check the focus again, click…. pull…. wait.wait.wait….peeeeel.

Pretty in Pink, Lake Tahoe, California

I also think it will be the camera the kids remember me with the most. I photograph them with my dSLR iPhone regularly, but with the Polaroid, I have to ask them to pose. I have to ask them to sit in a specific light and place and, “please hold still for me”. Something that I don’t say to them any other time, unless I am cutting their hair.

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Splashing, Reno, Nevada
Let’s Go Fly a Kite, Half Moon Bay, California
Bowling Alley Grub, Reno, Nevada

So as I was reading about the possible end to an era, I found a trail of hope. A link to an article and a blog where I read about Doc. This is the guy who is on a journey right now (as I type this and as you read this) to help SAVE this film. And I am following along with him on his adventure to the Fuji Film factory. And I signed the petition (and you should too). I have hope that we can keep this medium of photography alive. Because the photos I and so many of you take with this film are so much more than a snap shot in time. The images here are art, they create connection, they open up conversations and develop friendships.

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Modes of Transportation, Port Townsend, Washington
Ukuleles, Orcas Island Ferry, Washington
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Deb, Manzanita, Oregon

Keep fighting that fight and shooting the light, Vanessa


  1. the land camera is on my wish list + petition signed.
    love these shots you’ve shared…the magic of *that* moment.

  2. Yes, yes, yes! I do hope the efforts to save this film will work. My 250 Land camera is always with me and I’ll miss it so much.

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