Instant Film Photography: Day at the Beach with Polaroid

Kate and I have been taking advantage of the beach this summer. Early on Saturday we took the crippled A train (not working at Fulton, no sign of course and then on the F local track until Jay Street before finally switching back to the A express to Broad Channel) to Rockaway Beach and it was just about perfect. Before we slathered on sunscreen I took this picture of Kate in her hat with the Polaroid 420 Land Camera. We sat there together for 120 seconds and then I had her peel the image off of the film sandwich. As she saw just how perfect this photograph was, her eyes lit up behind sunglasses. In her hand she had an almost instant snapshot capturing that moment in time forever. There's something to be said for that. Kate Sitting on Rockaway Beach, Polaroid 420 Land Camera and Fuji FP100C Instant Film

Waves on Rockaway Beach, Polaroid 420 Land Camera and Fuji FP100C Instant Film

Cresting Waves on Rockaway Beach, Polaroid 420 Land Camera and Fuji FP100C Instant Film

To get this picture I had to wade out in waist deep water and hold the camera above my head as the waves crashed into me. I like that moment though right when the wave is getting ready to turn.

Rolling Waves on Rockaway Beach, Polaroid 420 Land Camera and Fuji FP100C Instant Film

Kate in Water at Rockaway Beach, Polaroid 420 Land Camera and Fuji FP100C Instant Film

It took me awhile to get Kate into the water, but once I coaxed her in I couldn't get her out. We'll be going back to the beach pretty much every weekend the weather allows it.