super busy and honestly in deep water I don't have too much time left for another blog entry that's why I decided to let someone else speak instead of me.
Someone who recently sent me an amazing E-Mail out of the blue which really touched me deep inside because it describes exactly how I'm feeling the magic of packfilm - which I always have a very hard time to find the right words for. John did a great job in doing so - please read for yourself:
Hello Saviors of Packfilm,
My name is John Obee and I’m not entirely sure what I’m doing composing this email, but I know that I want to be somehow involved in this revival or at least let my presence be known. I received my first Polaroid Spectra Camera when I was 8 and regularly started shooting packfilm in 2011 on a 250 Land Camera. Packfilm has affected me in ways I never thought could happen. I think that the SX-70 and 600 series film is fun and an easy invitation into the wide world of instant film, but it was the challenge and limitations of my faithful 250 that showed me the tall mountain challenge of collecting my memories and storing them on film that I instantaneously got when I took the picture. It’s the idea of looking at a photograph you procured in a moment in time that won’t ever change for as long as you keep that picture. I’m really not sure if this is making any sense or if I’m really just rambling on about something I’ve never been able to articulate correctly to my friends and family. When Fujifilm announced the end of their packfilm, I nearly shut down my entire hobby. I tried desperately to enjoy the Instax wide film, but to no avail. Nothing has come even remotely close to the clarity and enjoyment I have had with 100c, 100c Silk, and 3000b. I’m all but certain that you guys have gotten numerous emails such as this one, and I apologize for the assumed redundancy, but I just want someone out there to know that you guys are saving my absolute favorite thing I have ever experienced and will continue to experience through what I’ve shot already in my 25 years of existence.
I live in the suburban land outside of Minneapolis, Minnesota and work in a Laboratory for a hydraulic filter manufacturer. Attached is a 100c Silk photo of myself that I staged to look much older than when I took it a few years ago. Additionally, my old tumblr that I ran with an ex-girlfriend of mine is linked here. It’s since been abandoned after I left her and packfilm was pulled off stage. On it are a fraction of the photographs I had the patience to scan and upload. I apologize for not attaching “My Favorite Packfilm Photo” mostly because I love all the pictures I’ve taken. I don’t expect a reply, but I appreciate if someone out there took the time to glaze over this and perhaps even a few pictures from my old blog. I love what all of you are doing for this, it’s keeping me from losing all hope.
Looking forward to reviving this magic together with you real soon.