Film Is Not Dead: Austin, TX Part 1

I thought the post for today was going to be an easy one to write. Chris here, and after a number of times starting and erasing, I’m just gonna go for it and tell you about one of the most rewarding weeks of my life.

I recently spent 4 days in Austin, TX with a group of the most amazing, talented, crazy and rad people I have ever met. Hopefully they feel the same way about me… We were all attending a FIND (film is not dead) workshop by Jon Canlas and it’s a week I’ll never forget. Matter of fact, I got tattooed to remember it by. I had attended this same workshop a year ago and when the opportunity presented itself to go again, I jumped on it. To give you a brief idea of what this workshop is about, imagine putting 14 photographers, an amazing teacher (Jon Canlas) and house mom Catherine Abegg under one roof for  3 days and 4 nights. We ate together, shot together, ate some more, learned the in’s and out’s of film from Jon, ate again and stayed up till the wee hours of the morning watching You Tube videos of cats. Good times!

I’m truly amazed at the amount of talent that was housed under that roof for those few days. I walked away with a head full of knowledge, new friends, new ideas, a full belly and a ton of instant film shots. And that’s what we are going to focus on today.

I shot a mixture of Impossible film and Fuji pack film on this trip. I had my converted Polaroid 110 a/b from Polaroid Conversions, my Mamiya Universal with Polaroid back and I had this…


Photos courtesy of The Impossible Project


The fine people over at Impossible had sent us this SX-70 Sonar kit and several packs of the PX70 Color Protection film to shoot during the workshop. I myself had never had any time with the Sonar model and several people at the workshop had never shot Impossible film at all. What a better place to get acquainted with both than at a Film Is Not Dead workshop. I mean, if not for Impossible, this SX-70 would be a great decoration in someones house. I plan to write a full review of this model camera, my experience with it and some things I learned shooting it for the first time. Stay tuned for that!

By this point, I know you want to see some pictures, but I need you to hang with me for one little announcement first. We will be giving this camera and two packs of PX70 film away to one of you. Wait, that needs to be bold.


This is going to be a very simple contest to enter. As a matter of fact there are only two things you have to do to be entered in it.

1. Sign up for our newsletter.

2. You’ll find out the rest from Francisco this weekend in the newsletter.

Now, on to some pictures. All shots were taken with the SX-70 and PX70 Color Protection film by attendees of the Film Is Not Dead Workshop.



First off, I want to thank Jon for allowing me to hang out with these guys and gals for a few days. I also want to thank Impossible for giving myself and the other attendees a chance to shoot some of their amazing film. And last but not least, I want to thank my fellow FINDers for making the trip so much fun and for seeing the joy in not only film, but for seeing the fun and value in a tangible print that develops in your hand. I miss each and every one of them.

In a few weeks, we’ll have Part 2 of FIND Austin. That will include the Fuji pack film shots.





  1. I just recently discovered FIND (coincidentally enough, after searching to find a shirt that looked like Chris’ from his about page “Film Is Not Dead”). The site is inspiring and the workshop sounds like so much fun! I love these shots! Can’t wait to see the Fuji pack film shots too 🙂

  2. If money permits it, I suggest traveling. You’d have a blast either way, but seeing somewhere new is so much fun. Which one is coming your way?

  3. love it all. and miss you too!

  4. Charlotte says:

    Love these shots!

  5. very cool. the giveaway and the pictures! keep the good stuff rollin’ Chris!


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