I recently purchased one of my dream cameras. It wasn’t on my bucket list for 2012, but I have always dreamed of owning one. So, when the opportunity came, I didn’t hesitate in buying one.
I bought the Polaroid Landcamera for a friendly price but the challenge is really in saving up for the film, which came in very expensive packs of 10 sheets. So, a good friend, projectsnap gave me some advice when shooting with the Land Camera: always remember to make it count. I first shot my first sheets of Polaroid, of course, with my wife and kids. Definitely making it all count.
While reading some articles in LSI Magazine, I came across the article, “20 Analogue Acts of Kindness” by tomas_bates. I suddenly thought of doing one on the list using my newly-purchased landcam. But what what I came out with wasn’t on the list but was inspired by the article.
One time while I was early to the office, I noticed that our workspace was kind of plain. All we had were our table, telephone, and a blank cork board with our name plates. So I decided to do something about it, and at the same time, do an Analogue Act of Kindness for my office mates. I brought my landcamera to the office and asked my workspace neighbors if they wanted a Polaroid photo of themselves instead of their name plates. They agreed, and so I took photos of them one by one. Afterwards, when all the photos were done, we decided to pin those to the cork board in place of the name plates.
Everyone was excited and happy with what I came up with. Other office mates wanted to do the same with their workspace but I had to decline. Not that I don’t want to, but I only have one more pack on my stash and I wanted to save it. I promised that I would do the same to their workspace the next time I purchased a film pack. The photos became an instant conversation topic each time somebody sees it and would always want to see the camera.
So there’s my Analogue Act of Kindness, it wasn’t all that creative but definitely made every one smiled and happy. Hopefully, I will be able to do it to all of my office mates and even the bosses, depending on the purchase of film packs. And, all of these shots did really count.