It's Spring! That Means Flowers In PDX

With spring now in full swing it's only natural that I turn my attention toward all the plant life blooming up around the city. So of course I took to the sidewalks recently with my camera and decided to document some of the lovely color springing up around town.

I decided to be a little different this month and used my aging Polaroid camera and some instant film. Polaroid's aren't nearly as common as they used to be but one can still find the film at speciality camera shops. I have a soft spot for instant film in the same way most folks have a soft spot for drive in movie theaters and carnival rides. Sure, it may not be the most practical thing in the world, but I love it anyway. 

Number One.  


The color rendition here really shows why instant film can be a lot of fun sometimes. You just never know how a particular scene is going to translate onto the color chemistry of the film. In this case, I was aiming the camera straight upward above my head at some flowers just outside my house that erupted into full color overnight. You can also tell on this photograph that the rollers of my Polaroid camera need to be cleaned as the emulsion scratched a little bit as the print popped out the front. We'll just say I did that on purpose shall we? ;-) 

Number Two.


I thought this flower was cool because it reminded me of a crown. The photograph makes it seem much bigger than it was in real life. I would say it was really no larger than my thumb nail. Still, it packs a lot of punch for such a small and tiny little thing. 

Number Three.


Our third frame shows the scratch problem on my camera getting a little bit worse. Not to worry though. If I wanted perfect I don't think I would be making photographs with Polaroid film anyway. Part of me loves the shards of blue streaking through the frame contrasting against the white flowers and even stronger white border of the instant print. 

Number Four.


Stark white flowers always make me want to go on a picnic. A nice tall glass of iced tea, a yummy sandwich, some fresh berries, and a field of shite flowers stretching out over empty hills. That is probably the best way one could experience spring in my mind! 

Andrew Kaiser

My name is Andrew Kaiser, welcome to my site! I have a passion for making images wherever and whenever I can. I seek to capture humanity and the world around me with a focus on the figure. Film, digital, pinhole, and instant photography are all fair game for me.

I grew up in the California Bay Area and started taking photography seriously in High School. I was one of the lucky few who had a chance to go to a high school with a working darkroom and a teacher who understood that making images was an art form – care and patience was a necessity in the image making process from start to finish.

Later in life I attended the University of California in Santa Cruz where I received a Bachelors Degree in the History of Art and Visual Culture. After having my fill of the California sunshine I packed up my life and moved to the Pacific Northwest. I quickly found the overcast skies, lush forests, cooler temperatures, and creative communities to be a perfect match for my work.

Over the years I have exhibited my photographs in several galleries and art shows including the Seattle Erotic Arts Festival and Cascade AIDS Project. I’ve published a few books and taught workshops up and down the west coast of the United States. Through this site I’m hoping to share my work and perhaps inspire others along the way.