Saturday, January 29, 2011

the instant life


In 2011, the esteemed editor of felix's daily starfish and waffles is still king. (2011). Original photo properties: Fujifilm Instax 210 instant camera, Fuji Instax Wide film.

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The last weekend of January leaves me a little light-headed ... weary of work, winter, and the unsurity of what's next. I guess that's life, in 2011.

Outside, it snows. I lose myself in intangibles ... coffee, tea ... books and art ... and, finally ... photos. Maybe memories fade but pictures save, our faint-lit hopes for better days?

Well, something like that.

Also filed under photoworthy: some time ago, we veered off from digital and went Polaroid. A phase? Probably. But there's no denying that in the plastic perfection of the digital age, instant analog, for all its faults, is kind of wrong in all the right places ... and there's something (meaningful) to be said for that.

So, against the grain, here we are, living the instant life. Even if it doesn't make sense.

Besides, no one ever said, that a rational life leads to happiness.


Fujifilm's Instax 210 instant camera: the modern-day Polaroid? Purists balk that Fuji's Instax film is almost too good and, therefore, lacks soul. I tend to disagree - the fun, heart, and instant gratification of seeing a photo develop right before your eyes certainly aren't lost on these new Fujis, and this is what matters. (2011). Original photo properties: Olympus E-620 dSLR, Leica D Summilux 25mm ASPH f1.4 lens, 1/13s, f2.8, ISO 500.


Colorshade cheetah. I don't care what anyone says, this is art :). (2011). Original photo properties: Polaroid SX-70 Land Camera Model 2, Polaroid TZ Artistic Giambarba (expired) film.


Charlie's Angels. Well, two of them, anyway. (2011). Original photo properties: Polaroid SX-70 Land Camera Model 2, Polaroid TZ Artistic Giambarba (expired) film.


Extreme-retro family portrait. The noble efforts of the Impossible Project to resurrect Polaroid film is already well-documented elsewhere, so we won't say too much here other than we hope they succeed - and in spades. However, as you can see from the aquatint-esque photo above, making the impossible possible is still very much a work in progress. (2010). Original photo properties: Polaroid SX-70 Land Camera Model 2, Impossible PX 70 Color Shade First Flush film.


Tricycle! My little niece rides my favourite green tricycle from over a quarter-century(!) ago. (2010). Original photo properties: Polaroid SX-70 Land Camera Model 2, Polaroid TZ Artistic Giambarba (expired) film.


You heard it here first: super high-tech robots from the future will take over the world. (2010). Original photo properties: Polaroid SX-70 Land Camera Model 2, Polaroid TZ Artistic Giambarba (expired) film.


Waiting at the entrance. (2010). Original photo properties: Polaroid SX-70 Land Camera Model 2, Polaroid TZ Artistic Giambarba (expired) film.


Saturday streets. (2010). Original photo properties: Polaroid SX-70 Land Camera Model 2, Polaroid TZ Artistic Giambarba (expired) film.


Grafitti tracks. (2010). Original photo properties: Polaroid SX-70 Land Camera Model 2, Polaroid TZ Artistic Giambarba (expired) film.


Sidewalk bookshop. (2010). Original photo properties: Polaroid SX-70 Land Camera Model 2, Polaroid TZ Artistic Giambarba (expired) film.


The bear behind the camera, which happens to be a Polaroid SX-70 Land Camera Model 2. Almost 40 years old, Dr. Edwin Land's magic camera is actually a folding(!) SLR with a superb glass lens. (2010). Original photo properties: Olympus E-620 dSLR, Leica D Summilux 25mm ASPH f1.4 lens, 1/40s, f1.4, ISO 200.

2 comments:

  1. Perhaps that's just what happens to us Olympus shooters when we learn that Olympus are running the Four Thirds system into the ground. We snap, freak out, and go buy fuji instant cameras.

    Shooting their Instax mini stuff at the moment, eyeing off buying a 4x5 camera and shooting their big stuff.

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  2. Olympus certainly has left us in a bit of a lurch, and it's pretty disappointing. It's a shame because with the E-620 and E-30, it seemed like Oly was beginning to his stride a bit.

    No question, those Fuji Instax's are fun cameras! I do wish they'd make a Fuji Instax Pro, with more user controls, autofocus, and a faster lens.

    4x5 would definitely be cool, the film is top notch even if it's pretty premium-priced.

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