The Polaroid Project

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In 2010, we packed up and decided to travel around the world to take Polaroids of iconic places and people. In every country we visited, we created a ‘Polaroid Postcard’. A photograph, a stamp and as you would write on a postcard to your grandma, and a signature with ‘Love from’.

Although Polaroid is as instant as digital, its magic is unsurpassed. Digital upsets people in many countries. For them, it’s all about electronics, computers and the like. In other words just another high-priced good from the First World… but the Polaroid camera is something else. Something magic. Without any USB plug, LCD screen or memory stick.

Taking Polaroids of the locals and get them to watch the image appearing before their eyes as if by magic was so intense! We were also able to instantly hand out prints to people. They absolutely loved it.

There are now Polaroid pics hung on the blackboard of a small classroom in the village of Phou Luang Tai in Laos, near the fire-place of a Tibetan house high in the mountains of the Nepalese Himalaya, or catching the sand dust in a Bedouin cave of Petra.

Little by little, I think that taking Polaroid helped us to understand what we were looking for travelling so much. It’s all about sharing the emotions of the moment. To find ourselves in different universes, meet new people, dive head first into a new atmosphere…

After all, travelling, like photography, is all about magic!

Polaroid travel

Polaroid travel

Polaroid travel

Polaroid travel

Polaroid travel

Polaroid travel

Polaroid travel

Polaroid travel

Polaroid travel

Polaroid travel

Polaroid travel

Polaroid travel

Polaroid travel

Polaroid travel

Polaroid travel

GP taking a Polaroid picture

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2 comments

  1. That is such a fabulous idea. I do the photography for my kids’ school and unfortunately the kids don’t often get to see their photos,except on the back of the camera screen. I’d love to take some poloroids which I could actually give to them to keep. I’ve been to a 21st and a wedding where they have had poloroid photo booths and they have been so much fun and immediate.
    Love your concept! xx Rowena

    • Eve

      Thanks so much for your kind words Rowena 🙂 Polaroid are the best and kids love them! This reminds me of a friend of mine who took a polaroid picture of her baby in a chair next to a big stuffed monkey every month on the same day for one year, and it was so much fun to see how he grew! Such a lovely way of documenting a kid’s life.

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