The Polaroid Project: Inspiration strikes!

Shake it like The Polaroid Project

One of the best ways to shake the cobwebs out of your head and recharge your creative batteries is to get out of the house and have a little adventure.

A special shout-out to my buddy Brian Sullivan of the Big Design Conference who alerted me about an exhibit at the Amon Carter Museum in Fort Worth.

I met up with Brian to check out the exhibit – The Polaroid Project.

Now, you might be thinking, “Polaroid? That’s not even around anymore.”

Technically, that’s true. The original company was sold last May. But that doesn’t mean Polaroid is dead.

Quite the opposite, in fact.

The Polaroid Project features the work of several contemporary artists – many who have created inspiring works with this “obsolete” technology. Those artists include David Hockney, David Mapplethorpe, and Andy Warhol.

For me, personally, the exhibit was eye-opening.

I really enjoy photography and love going out and shooting with my digital camera. But, this exhibit really changed things.

There is something about many of the low-resolution Polaroid photos I saw that really pulled me in and changed the way I see photography. There is a simple, elegant beauty in these photos.

I’ve usually focused on expensive tools, such as the camera, lenses, and lighting.  Yet many of my favorite pictures at the exhibit were taken with an inexpensive camera and no additional tools.

This really made me stop and rethink my approach to photography. It might be fun to get a hold of an inexpensive instant camera and see what I can do within its limitations.

Maybe there’s a lesson here for all of us. Is it time for you to try something new?

It’s not too late

The exhibit has closed, but you can still check out the project in a fantastic book: The Polaroid Project: At the Intersection of Art and Technology.

The Polaroid Project: At the Intersection of Art and Technology (affiliate link)


What do you like to do to shake out the creative cobwebs?

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