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Ten Polaroids~ Savannah’s Squares

What I love about Polaroid film is the notion that you only get one shot. Unlike digital where you can take hundreds on the same subject, the limitations of Polaroid film make you slow down and really be ready to capture a single image. The unexpected bubbles, uneven development, rips or tears all add character to the image. I researched and walked to each one of the 22 squares in order to choose which 10 I would photograph, at the bottom of the post you can see my diagram and notes.

All images taken with my Polaroid Automatic Land Camera 440 and Fuji instant film

Pulaski Square~ Known for its live oaks.

Columbia Square~ The fountain that formerly stood at Wormsloe Plantation, the home of one of Georgia’s first settlers and where I took this, this, & this photo of the mile of live oaks.

Madison Square~ Part of the “crown jewels” of Savannah.

Monterey Square~ Said to be the most beautiful square of Savannah, all but one building surrounding the square are original and in the background of this Polaroid is Mercer Williams House, my favorite home in Savannah.

Lafayette Square~ Watched over by the stunning Cathedral of St. John the Baptist

Crawford Square~ During segregation and Jim Crow laws this was the only square in Savannah where African Americans were permitted. 

Chippewa Square~ or as I call it, Forrest Gump’s Square. My favorite coffee shop sits on this square and I’ve spent many hours looking out at it. 

Wright Square~ One of the original 4 and one of my favorites.

Reynolds Square~  two of my favorite things happen around this square, the nostalgic Lucas Theatre and the piano bar in the basement of the Pink House. 

Warren Square~ Represents the sister city relationship to Boston. On the right you can see one of the historic buildings Savannah is known for and on the left you can see the disgraceful parking garage, something I passionately detest. Prevention from development like this is rich in Savannah’s history.


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Ten Polaroids~ Central Park Snow

What I love about Polaroid film is the notion that you only get one shot. Unlike digital where you can take hundreds on the same subject, the limitations of Polaroid film make you slow down and really be ready to capture a single image. The unexpected bubbles, uneven development, rips or tears all add character to the image. Compare these Polaroid images to film taken with a Hasselblad of the same subject in my story Central Park, Quiet as the Falling Snow~

All images taken with my Polaroid Automatic Land Camera 440 and Fuji instant film

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Ten Polaroids~ Upper West Side

Manhattan’s Upper West Side is synonymous with timelessness.  Photographing something timeless allows the photographer to choose how to capture these moments and share them, either referencing a time passed or the present.  While nothing can last forever, the look of it may be able to transcend time and place, and come to rest in a space more suited for our memories than reality.  I headed out one winter’s weekend in New York for a walk around my neighborhood to capture the places and sights that stand to represent an area of New York, and for me, a certain time in my life.  I shot these nine images with my Polaroid 440 Land Camera and black and white instant film.

This series was also featured on My Upper West



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