Take a piece of chalk and a tape ruler. Now find a spot around your home were you can create a 20 inch by 24 inch box with the chalk. Now, just for kicks lay down in such a way where you are smack dab in the center of this box. Have a friend take your picture, top down. You’ll have a life-size photograph of yourself. Or, would you?
Well, anyway, Polaroid is making it a tad bit easier for us to get those life-size mug shots, if not of ourselves certainly of someone we admire or love. Now through September 30, 2004, you can sign up to photograph at the famous Polaroid studio in NYC where the size of the film, get this, is 20″x24″. Folks, if this hasn’t hit you yet, sit down to figure it out. It’s staggering! This is large-format photography at its best and people like William Wegman have used the studio to achieve fame and perhaps fortune over time. The 1:1 resolution this special camera offers is amazing.
The cost for a half-day rental is $400 (a discount apparently). You get six free sheets of film, so use them wisely. A technician on deck makes the session go smoothly. All you are asked to bring are props and models. I sure am tempted to get a few people together so that we could split the costs down the line. If four photographers got together, we could buy two extra sheets of film so that each of us would have two images to take home. That would make it about $100 per photog, plus the cost of two extra sheets (I don’t have a clue how much they cost) divided by four people. What do you think? Interested? Email me – tiffinbox(at)pipalproductions(dot)com.