Giving Polaroids

I was headed to India to photograph in several orphanages for a non-profit a few years back when I started to think about what I could take to give the children there. On past trips to third world countries I’d taken small candies to give out and would on occasion, give someone a US dollar.

I remember thinking, a polaroid is about a dollar, and this idea was born. I’ve now shot polaroid portraits on location in several different countries as gifts for the people there.

For many, it’s the first time they’ve owned a printed picture of themselves, which is worth more than any dollar.