Providence Polaroid Project July 23, 2014 14:51
A lot of you have been asking us what is going into our old space. If you've been on the block in the last week, you may have seen the new pop up shop that opened up, Providence Polaroid Project. For sure, it's one of the coolest pop ups I've seen.
I was lucky enough to get a tour of the shop the day before it opened and chat with Brandon Lane, one of the co-creators of the project along with Devan Durante. Best friends, photographers and analog enthusiasts, they created Providence Polaroid Project as an Interactive Gallery Space and Polaroid Camera Shop. They want to make Providence an Instant City, by turning the space we vacated into a participant driven gallery.
The pop up shop is open Wednesdays - Sundays and is part gallery, part shop and 100% analog. Everything in the space uses old technology (think: cash, typewriters) and explores the idea of analog vs. digital, and the old technology that has brought us to the technology we use every day. How can we have tangible, analog experiences in a digital world? The technology of Polaroid cameras embraces instant gratification and Brandon described it as "the haiku of photography."
Visitors are encouraged to stand in front of one of their many backdrops to have their portrait taken with a 1971 Big Shot Camera to be a part of the gallery show at the end of the project. They also have memberships available so visitors can borrow a vintage camera and take it out around town "to capture the people, style and soul of our city" and have those images included in the final gallery show.
Join them on August 21st for the final gallery exhibit that showcases all the photos taken throughout the project.