Welcome back to the newest addition to the Impossible Blog: Analog Travelog. We’ll be sharing with you fantastic instant photos taken on voyages the world over. This entry focuses on our good friend Azuree Wiitala and her recent visit to Minneapolis…
My Mom had come to visit from Puerto Rico for my birthday. I only had a few days off in a row while she was in town and being the spontaneous person that she is, she saw those days as plenty of time for a short, sweet little adventure. Minneapolis is only about an hour long plane ride away from Chicago (where we live) so she booked tickets for us and off we went! Once we landed in Minneapolis we became a little weary of our decision, seeing as one of the magazines we read once there cited “going to Target to see the cart escalator” as one of the attractions, we wondered what exactly we had gotten ourselves into!
Seeing as it was my birthday week and I was raised in the suburbs it was only appropriate that we head over to The Mall of America for some shopping and for the sake of nostalgia. That place is a child’s dream come true. A theme park inside of a mall. I loved the carousel there, I have an affinity for them! We also visited a little town called Edina that was really cute and The Minneapolis Institute of Art. I L O V E museums. There’s something so surreal about seeing famous works of art in the flesh. I get especially thrilled about seeing my favorite photographs printed large and hung on a bare wall. It was at the MIA that I saw the famous Dorothea Lange print and my very favorite of Henri Cartier-Bresson’s prints. I couldn’t help myself, I shot a picture of it to take home with me when no one was looking!
I ALWAYS take my SX-70 with me on trips and this one was no exception. I brought two special editions of film with me, the Pigeonhole PX 680 and the Holden Edition PX 680 film. I liked the challenge of finding things that would look nice within the colorful borders of the Pigeon film and was very happily surprised at the more subdued little drawings of the Holden Edition film. That film was especially fun to shoot because you didn’t know what border you would get with each photo, but somehow they all seemed appropriate to the subject. I love shooting Impossible Project film. I love the dreamy quality of the film, the little imperfections and most importantly – the preservation of memories that are made, instantly!
Minneapolis was a fun place to visit and the time spent on this little adventure with my Mom was priceless. I’m so thankful that The Impossible Project has taken it upon themselves to continue the integral film legacy and allow us to continue to capture our favorite moments on instant film!
I live in Chicago with my husband and two rabbits and love shooting Impossible Project films, traveling and listening to Ryan Adams.
Thanks to Azuree for taking part! Be sure to visit her Etsy shop at xoazuree.etsy.com