Providence Polaroid Project
Interactive Gallery Space and Polaroid Camera Shop
The Providence Polaroid Project was a popup Polaroid Camera Shop and instant film gallery that operated for 4 weeks during the summer of 2014. Conceived as a response to PopUP Providence, the city's tactical urbanism initiative - students, locals, and curious tourists came together to create an instant film gallery celebrating the faces and spaces of Providence.
Located at 235 Westminster Street, the project was free and open to the community for all to participate. Acting as an analog intervention in a digital world, the Providence Polaroid Project invited patrons to slow down, compose an image, and participate in the creation of something tangible: Providence's collective portrait.
Participants were invited into our space and encouraged to use one of our several Polaroid cameras from the 1970s, to take portraits and landscapes of the people and places of Providence. Each photograph represents a moment in time which a participant was present, inspired and connected to our city. Together, we captured over 1,000 instant images and made Providence an Instant City.