What happens when a Polaroid OneStep 2 camera gets sent around the world to visit all five continents? Austrian musician Stergin will soon find out, as he has sent our new Polaroid One Step 2 camera on a global journey through 12 different countries. In total, the camera will travel 61800km: akin to running the London Marathon 1466 times or climbing up and down the Eiffel Tower 103000 times. Phew!
12 different people will take a single shot of a place that’s special to them, to inspire Stergin’s new album: 12 new tracks will be inspired by those photos and their connected stories. “The thought of sending an analog device around the planet bringing me back images and stories felt very exciting. I decided to just see what people think of this idea. I put up a call for participants on Facebook and very soon felt that it is resonating with a lot of people. Two weeks after I had all 12 participants sorted. They’re from all walks of life and are now all connected through the project. Each person will only have a single chance of capturing a moment so they really have to think about it. I want them to take a photo of a place that’s special to them. It can be anything. I will then use their stories to inspire my tracks.”
After living in London for 8 years and being part of the music industry, Stergin felt the need to step back and re-connect with his artistic vision. “I kind of got stuck in the London bubble and felt I need a way to get out of it. As an artist you are under a lot of pressure to succeed in order to make a living. You have to master every aspect of your career and this sometimes is bottomless. I also wanted to get some meaning back into our media-oversaturated world. I love real moments, conversations, communicating and engaging with people and their stories. Everyone has a story. For me this project was a perfect way of stepping back and feeling the excitement of something new and unpredictable. The fact that I have no idea and control over the photos and stories feels very exciting. Will I receive all photos? Will the camera get lost? Who are these people and what are their important places?”