Greece | Expired Polaroid 600 Film

 Greece on Expired Polaroid 600 Film | Azzari Jarrett

Sharing more of my film images from Greece today.

As you can tell, my Polaroid 600 film was definitely expired!  I had a bit more luck with my polaroids from earlier this year

I completely lost a pack (no pictures developed on the film), but I was able to salvage a few.  When shooting with film, this is always to be expected.  You never quite know what you will get!   

The above image is the Erechtheion, an ancient Greek temple on the north side of the Acropolis.  

 Greece on Expired Polaroid 600 Film | Azzari Jarrett
 Greece on Expired Polaroid 600 Film | Azzari Jarrett

Views of the Parthenon - with a few tourists captured as well!

 Greece on Expired Polaroid 600 Film | Azzari Jarrett

A view of Athens from the Acropolis.

 Greece on Expired Polaroid 600 Film | Azzari Jarrett

Arriving on the beautiful Greek Island of Crete.

 Greece on Expired Polaroid 600 Film | Azzari Jarrett
 Greece on Expired Polaroid 600 Film | Azzari Jarrett
 Greece on Expired Polaroid 600 Film | Azzari Jarrett
 Greece on Expired Polaroid 600 Film | Azzari Jarrett

I love how these turned out.  I'm embracing the imperfections and really looking deeper into the saturated, muted colors.  Capturing the Acropolis on polaroid 600 film was really important to me.  I love how 'aged' each captured moment looks - even though these were taken on bright, sunny days in Athens and Crete. 

You can see more images from Greece here.

And more images with polaroid 600 film.

imperfections

Have you ever taken a photo, thought it was horrible, and moved on?

It happens to me all the time with film. Imperfections. The focus is off, the film is bad, exposure is all wrong, there is a light leak - whatever the reason may be, and I toss it aside, vowing to learn from my "mistake".

And then, while rummaging through my film drawer, I come across a photo again.  But this time, it speaks to me in a way it never did before.  Sure, the technical aspects are all wrong, but the feeling, the emotion at the time the image was captured, is all right. 

I took these photos almost two years ago, I was pregnant with my 3rd daughter.  I didn't take "official" maternity photos.  I remember taking these myself, with film, and not being satisfied with them for one reason or another, and tossing them aside.  I believe my favorite photo from this pregnancy was actually this one taken with my iPhone!

But now, looking back - I see them in an entirely different light.  

The beautiful curve of my body that brought life into this world, untouched and real. I am immediately taken back to that moment.

And oh my, how sweet and raw those first newborn days are.  These images forever capture that emotion for me.

So I didn't share these for one reason or another when they were taken.  But here they are now - untouched and not perfect.

This is why I shoot film.  Because even in their "imperfections", there is beauty.

the bahamas, on expired polaroid 600 film

We were lucky enough to visit the Bahamas over the past few days.  The weather was perfect - upper 70s and the nights were cool and crisp.  My girls really enjoyed trading in their boots for swimsuits and flip flops.  We spent our days between the pool and beach, and I could not have asked for a more relaxing trip.

I kept it simple this time and only brought one film camera. Here are my captures on expired polaroid 600 film.  And yes, I have been hoarding this film for years.  I have three packs left, and no doubt I'll keep them for another adventure.

my peonies

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I planted peony bulbs in my garden about 3 years ago.  It has taken them this long to develop, establish themselves firmly and grow.  And oh my, how they have grown this year!  A little tip that I learned that I want to share in case you decide to plant your own.  My peony buds were covered in ants at certain times.  I almost got rid of them, thinking that they would harm the blooms.  Quite the opposite, the ants actually eat the sweet nectar of the blooms in exchange for attacking bud-eating pests.  They actually help the peonies to bloom.

And bloom is exactly what they did.  I was able to fill the house with these beauties, and if I could bottle the sweet aroma and and insert it here, I most certainly would.

And because I can't help but shoot with film, I captured the peonies on Polaroid film~

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When I photograph with Polaroid film, I always get the feeling that it will live on forever.  Far beyond my years.  Only time will tell.

spring break

We packed up the girls and headed to beautiful Fajardo, Puerto Rico this year for spring break.  We needed this break as a family.

I booked this trip over a month ago, and it was worth every bit of preparation.  Believe me, traveling this far with two little ones is quite a feat.  The weather was beautiful - clear blue skies and temps in the 80's.  A welcome break from the springtime pollen in Atlanta.

These are my little souvenirs from the trip.