When I look at my ancestry, I'm a lot of things, but of the things I am, the thing I am the most is Ukrainian. My grandmother was born there. My grandfather's father was ethnically Ukrainian from an area that's now Poland. We were very close to that side of the family when I was growing up.
My photography has felt trivial lately. I have been obsessed with the war. So when it came time for Polaroid Week, I wanted to do something different. First I tried shooting things that were blue and yellow (the colors of Ukraine's flag). Some cookies I bought. The tryzub sticker on my car. Old boxes of Polaroid film (the Paul Giambarba boxes of 669 had a yellow-ish wrapper). Those photos didn't work.
Then I remembered that Polaroid had yellow film. And blue film.
If you go to the Polaroid site, they're out of the Yellow 600 film. But it was made recently enough that places like B&H still had some. So I got some. The integral Blue 600 film hasn't been made in a few years. But in my stash, I still had one pack of Polaroid 100 Blue pack film.
This is what I did with one underexposed shot from that pack of Blue that I shot with my Polaroid 195 Land Camera. I shot a pure white background with my SLR 680 and paired it with the nearly solid shot of Blue, and you get a Ukrainian flag from that.
Ukraine needs help. Razom for Ukraine is a reputable charity that started when Ukrainian-Americans wanted to help Ukraine during the 2014 Revolution of Dignity. They send humanitarian aid to Ukraine, including medicine, hospital supplies, and communications equipment. You can find them at https://razomforukraine.org/ .
Sun Apr 24 2022