| Feb 13, 11:00 AM
Welcome back to our newest addition to the Impossible Blog: Impossible’s Analog Travelog! In this series, we’ll be showcasing fantastic Impossible photos taken on voyages the world over. This entry comes from Kirstin McKee, who recently visited Crete and brought along some Impossible film…
Ever since I first read the legend of Theseus the Minotaur, when I was seven years old, I have wanted to visit Crete. I was captivated by the setting of the labyrinth and the tragic love story. And having passed on my obsession with Ancient Greece to our children and my daughter’s best friend, we have made several trips to Greece in recent years. This year we decided to visit Crete, a plan hatched during a road trip around mainland Greece two years ago.
I took four cameras: a Polaroid Sun 660, a Nikon D800, a Contax 645 and an iPhone 5, but the Polaroid images were my favourite from the trip. I love to create instant Polaroid memories as we travel around, laying them out each evening as a mosaic that expands and evolves over the course of the holiday. As we spent a week touring the island’s ancient Minoan, Greek and Roman sites, we fell in love with the food, the friendly people, the cats and the dramatic, craggy landscape. The weather was not as hot as we had anticipated (which was no bad thing, given the long hours spent in the car), but it was still warm enough to swim in the sea, especially on the southern coast with its North African climate. Highlights of the trip included exploring the labyrinth-like palace at Knossos, wandering around the much quieter ruins at Zakros on the desolate eastern coast, and swimming in the Libyan Sea at sunset.
We were lucky to have a fridge in our apartment to store the Impossible Project film, and a few days into the trip I opened my first pack of the new Color Protection film. We were all impressed by the clarity of the images and the vivid colours. It really brought out the blue that seems to be everywhere in Crete. We are now planning a trip to the Suffolk coast in England and I have ordered some more film so that I can make another of my “instant memory mosaics” during our stay there. I love the immediacy and physicality of Polaroid images. They are somehow better than digital images at evoking the memory of a holiday — perhaps because I know they were there with me at the time!
I am a doctor, mother, Londoner and lover of film and food.
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