I-80 church – Nebraska 1995
One year, while travelling through Nebraska I found this abandoned church along I-80.
I had recently bought an old Graflex Crown Graphic “press” camera on E Bay and promptly went out and got a few boxes of Type 55 Polaroid film to go with it. Up until that point, I had not used the iconic film and was really looking forward to making some images with it to document what I was seeing on the land.
This image is from a body of work I’m editing called High Plains – 55. All the images in the series were shot on Polaroid type 55 film during 13 trips I made to the American west, a decade ago.
It was 1995 and right before Polaroid stopped making the iconic film. But, with much persistence I was able to find, acquire and squirrel away a dozen boxes of the stuff to use while I traveled through Nebraska, Wyoming, South Dakota and North Dakota. I still have a couple of boxes of type 55 in the refrigerator, and I hope to use the old discontinued film somehow on some future project. Even though its been refrigerated over the years, its long past it’s prime. I hope to exploit that in some way on a future project.
After exposing a few sheets, I became slightly annoyed that the front door of the church wouldn’t stay closed during the long exposures I was using.
For some reason, I though it would look better closed.
But I soon realized that the blur of the door opening and closing during the long 5 minute exposure actually enhanced the image.
Sometimes I get something in my head that I want to create and I forget to just let things happen sometimes. It’s just good be open to the unexpected.
This image was published in the last issue of Polaroid’s P Magazine, issue #28.
“An essential aspect of creativity is not being afraid to fail.”
– Edwin Land