The relationship with my longtime girlfriend Pia is a source of nourishment for what I make and who I am. Photography, for me, is a way to keep the things close at heart close also at hand. For years I’ve worked with a large-format camera and the contact printing process. Its sharpness and clarity have always felt like a very direct translation from the seen subject to the resulting object. The 20 x 24 Polaroid amplifies these qualities, by producing a one-off photograph from a very large camera with no enlargement. In 2007 I had the opportunity to use one of these Polaroid cameras—there are only six in the world. It was a session where our relationship bore witness to the magic of photography, the risk of creating something unique in an instant and our response to each other and to that moment.