polaroid


a preview of something i shot for ‘roid week ’09. get out your instant film camera and join the fun! runs from monday to friday(starting 6 am eastern standard time(and yes, i still think it’s stupid they are using that as a beginning time).

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finally, last friday a very late bday/xmas package arrived in the mail. some of the presents were wrapped in very cool superfriends wrapping paper. a few highlights from the package:

    books:

  • please kill me
  • escape to witch mountain
  • persepolis

    camera:

  • polaroid camera

    dvds:

  • the spirit of ’76
  • red dwarf series II

i’ve already read two of the books and watched the dvds. i loved the persepolis graphic novel. please kill me i enjoyed less. it was an interesting read, but man do some of those people just whine and whine. the dvds i loved. it’s been over 10 years since i’ve seen any red dwarf so i was happy to get re-acquainted with the show. and the spirit of ’76 – well, it’s hard not to love a film that includes time travel, excellent 1970s fashion, and a cast that includes david cassidy, barbara bain, moon unit zappa, and devo to name just a few. i haven’t had the chance to try out the camera yet, but it’s high on my list. happily it takes fuji peel apart film too.

of course with good things bad things must happen. the afternoon i got the package i got in my first real scooter accident. luckily, aside from myself, no one was really hurt. i twisted my wrist and skinned up my ankle and elbow. as a result i’ve been trying to lay off using the left hand a bit.

holga blog has a nice interview with those responsible for the polaroid house. the polaroid house was a seemingly abandoned house that polaroid enthusiasts took over and placed their polaroids all over. the idea being that people could come take a look, leave a polaroid and take one back. i guess the idea was maybe doomed from the start to be destroyed by idiots, but that doesn’t make it not worth attempting.

this looks like a fantastic show. it combines two of my favourite things: toys and polaroids. the book from the show is definately on my want list. for those of us who can’t afford the book or missed the show there is a flickr set for a virtual show.

another photography book to add to my wishlist. this one is of polaroids by patti smith. i haven’t found very many details about the book. but it looks to be a catalogue or related to the show she had in paris. i’ve read the book is more than just photographs including some poetry as well. while trying to find more details on the book i came across another book, this time on patti, not by her. a book of photographs by michael stipe documenting patti’s first tour in close to 20 years. interesting, but i think the land 250 is the more desirable of the two.

awhile back i was approached by comma press about using one of my polaroid transfers as part of the design for the cover of a book of english translations of some icelandic short stories. the book has been out for awhile now, but i finally got the book in the mail today. it’s a pretty cool feeling to see your work on the cover of a book, not to mention being able to flip it over and see your name in the credits.

this looks like good news for polaroid fans. ilford and one of the guys who helped launch lomography have teamed up to come up with a new instant film to work in sx-70 and 600 polaroid cameras. i’m not so thrilled with lomography connection, but hopefully this’ll mean new instant film and if we’re lucky at an affordable price. it looks like the first film they plan to produce will be bw which i’m really looking forward to. they hope to have it ready sometime in 2010. there is more on these developments here and here.

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