Welcome back to Impossible’s Analog Travelog! In this series, we showcase fantastic Impossible photos taken on voyages the world over. This entry comes from Claus-Dieter Kurz, who recently took a trip to New York and documented his trip using Impossible film.
At the end of October, my wife Karin and I went on a short trip to the Big Apple, the capital of the world – New York City. It was the first time for me and the 5th time for Karin – so she was my guide.
This trip was by invitation of The Impossible Project – as a prize for a Facebook competition, for finding a name for the American Airstream Trailer during its promotion tour through the States this spring and summer. My proposal, “SILVERSHADE” was chosen as being the perfect match for the unique trailer as the name of the first Impossible instant film, kicking off the success story of the revival of analog instant photography.
I have been a dedicated follower of The Impossible Project from the very beginning. I started to collect Polaroid analog cameras some time ago for shooting Impossible films. So for our New York Adventure, I was able to choose between several SX-70 folding- and 600 Box type cameras. Finally I decided for a SX-70 Sonar Autofocus and a 635 CL Supercolor from my collection. I did not carry any films, as I knew that the X-rays at the airport could damage the film material. So I wanted to buy the films on our arrival in New York.
After visiting the NY Impossible team in Brooklyn at their cool new premises in Industrial City, Karin and I started the New York Adventure by walking over Brooklyn Bridge. I loaded my Sonar Autofocus with a SX-70 B&W White Frame which was a present from the Impossible Team: thanks I have to say that I am not a professional photographer, but I have some passion to find the right motif for the right shot. So it can happen, that I forget to set the dark wheel to the proper position before I press the button or that I disregard the proper light conditions. I try to hide the photo from light immediately after ejection which is sometimes a challenge, but in the meantime I have developed a certain technique for that.
After Brooklyn Bridge we moved onto the real magic and the impressive 9/11 Memorial and Financial District. After that we visited Chelsea Market and walked over the High Line and through Gansevoort Street. We followed a tip from Impossible NY to buy Impossible films at B&H Photostore, where I bought another SX-70 Color White Frame film and a 600 B&W Black Frame.
The next day, on Halloween, we continued with the Thin Iron Building and its surroundings, then moved onto Greenwich Village and Soho. In the evening we watched the traditional Halloween parade. Unfortunately I had no flash light with me, so I did not dare to shoot any Impossible photos. Tired from walking all day, we were happy to finally come home to our hotel, The Pod 51, in 51st Street.
The last day was rainy, but we headed to Hell’s Kitchen to visit some of the international food places and the famous flea market. But unluckily the market was closed due to the rain. So we decided to walk up to Central Park and visit the Guggenheim Museum. After an interesting exhibition named ZERO we had to return to our hotel to pick up our luggage and drive to the airport in order to catch our flight back to Vienna.
The time in New York was very inspiring and intensive. My wife and I enjoyed it very much and we know, that we will come back. Cheers again to all the people from the Impossible team for making this dream come true.
Claus-Dieter lives in Vienna, Austria and works as a finance professional. Aside from analog photography, he is passionate about music, fashion, endurance sports (including Ironman) and vegan food. You can see more of his pictures on the Impossible Gallery on Facebook and Twitter.