One Take: Public Art, A Study

In which we gave former Arkansas Parks & Tourism photographer A.C. Haralson a Polaroid, a roll of film and one chance to get the shot

THE WEATHER WAS perfect. It was a blue-sky day. There weren’t a lot of people around. It was a perfect day—other than the camera I had. I keep going back to that camera. I mean, I tried and tried and tried. You have to walk forwards or backwards or sideways. You can’t zoom in, you can’t zoom out, so you do it with your feet. You shoot a picture. You can’t see anything. It’s not there for 20-30 minutes. And then it’s real pale, and it’s not sharp. And I took my phone out to shoot it and went, Oh, god, this is beautiful. But long as you guys are happy, that’s all that matters to me. You just have to work with what you have.