Monday, November 30, 2009
Meanwhile this little email from max has prompted moi to pay his blog a little visit and see what he has been up to.... Turns out he has just shot some engagement photos for random strangers by the name of Mina and Alex! Check out what pure joy looks like above.
Ive said it here, here and here... the dude sure can wrangle light... he's like some kind of cowboy to the suns rays! Mad props to you Max... Oh and I don't know who's Idea the miss matching socks was but whom ever was the mastermind behind such a rad color combination you can come sought out my sock drawer any day!
The creators, Nicole Kenney (Brooklyn, NY) and ks rives (Chicago, IL) keep their Polaroid cameras handy, taking portraits wherever they go to add to the collection. They snap the photo while the subject is saying what they want to do before they die, getting them in the act of stating their desire.
Nicole and ks then request that the subject writes his or her statement on the Polaroid starting with the words “Before I die I want to....” As the subjects are signing the release form, the artists ask them to include their emai so they can contact them in 10 or 20 years to make sure they made good on their commitment.
Pretty heavy stuff but what a fantastic project. You can check out more here, trust me the words above have not done this project justice... they have hit people up with the hard hitting questions in both India and the USA not to mention people in Hospice, which i find truly amazing... A human being on deaths door reflecting on what if... Its a brave question to ask and a even braver one to answer.
Translations for the shots above are as follows. Indian Child "Before I die I want to study". Chelsi (the old man) "I feel like I have done everything I wanted to do"
Sunday, November 29, 2009
Year one was the Californian games theme that saw roller skates and rainbow colored knee pads come back with a vengeance. The TG2 was a black tie affair with crew surfing in 3 piece suits and top hats galore. By the time year 3 rolled around caution was thrown to the wind and supermen and batmen took to the waves.
This year the theme was Pirates, and by god pirates they were! I'll let the shots above speak for themselves (plus I'm too tired from such a super rad weekend to keep typing) Enjoy
Friday, November 27, 2009
So who really gives a shit what medium it comes from. its a great shot. it delivers a emotional response. It looks like it could be straight out of the 50's but was taken by this man in 2009.
Take in the photo above, take a moment to say wow!
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Perfect strangers my boyfriend and I only wound up sitting next to Mr Shadwell because drinks were cheap and people were a plenty and room was scarce....my bag spilling over with various cameras its was not long before the conversation turned to photography, both taking lomo's with us on our travels we had lots to talk about....
Color slide film is as rare as hens teeth in Asia and Dan was lucky enough to stumble across some expired rolls and kind enough to share some with me.... You see the thing with expired film is you never know what your going to get, so we've kept in touch to share the results, Above is a shot of Dan's and mines varying results plus a polaroid I took of dan the night we all meet.
I have SOOOO much more to post, Some results from Hey You! SayCheese! Plus more shots form my travels but am finding no time to sit down and scan so this small portion of lomo love will have to do for now. Enjoy!
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Sunday, November 15, 2009
There are however about a million different Holga types out there, so choosing which model to love is a different story all together... Im a 120GCFN girl myself (glass lens colored flash) but perhaps you are more into a standard 120GN or a more complex 120 3D? Not sure which Holga you prefer check out this handy guide to Holga models and your well on your way to making a informed decision!
The good folk at Holga blog have a great post up at the moment called 5 tips to improve your photography with out a camera... which basically tells you to go for a silly walk, have a nap, seek enlightenment, get all touchy feely and have a yarn, how does this improves your ability to take good photo I hear you ask?
Well you'll just have to click here to find out more!
Thursday, November 12, 2009
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
I signed up to receive his daily report and I tell you what people, not only is it fantastic to get a glimpse of some salt water on a daily basis its just rad being able to watch a fellow photographers style evolve over the days and months. First there was waves, then came landscapes and now portraiture, and the kid just continues to nail every shot...., sure the portrait above happens to be my other half's little bro (happy birthday TG) but personal sentiment aside its a great portrait, raw and real.
You hear surf photographer and you think action sports, a perfect moment in perfect focus, but like the swell around Cronulla these days Matty's style is a little more sporadic and unpredictable, he's developed this perfect blend of action sports meets documentary photography... whether he's shooting toes on the nose or the surrounding landscape and people it just works every time!
For more on the Sea Life click here. Yeah yeah i know his shots are digital and this here blog is about all things lo fi and awesome (like polaroids) But Matt is a participant in Hey You! Say Cheese... having signed up to recieve not one but two disposable lomo cameras to take photos with before passing them on, so that makes him ok in our books! For more Info on the disposable camera project click here, here or here
Monday, November 9, 2009
So here in Oz the demand for Polaroid is quite huge and the selection somewhat limited, you could prob pick up a working cool cam for around AU$90+ (trust me after many failed attempts at trying to score myself one I know) and with film peaking at a whopping AU$36.95 for a single pack your looking at over $100 and well, that just starts to hurt a little doesnt it... your wallet gets all sad and your bank account feels empty and shit just starts to get depressing....
SO when I figured out that for a a mere AU$60 I could not only purchase a cool cam (that came with a complimentary pack of film) but also get the camera shipped here from god knows where in the US I was pretty gosh darn pleased with myself.
Sir Cool Cam is now sitting on my shelf next to my Taz the Looney Tune Special edition 600 Polaroid just waiting for next weekend to be taken out to play :)
Sunday, November 8, 2009
What is your Polaroid camera and film of choice and are you all about flash or natural light? Polaroid SLR 680. 600 film. I don’t remember the last time I used a flash.
If your photos where a soundtrack what songs would they be? Godspeed You! Black Emperor – Lift Your Skinny Fists Like Antenna to Heaven
Tells us a little bit about you? Why you are who you are and what you want to be taking photos of in 5 years. I can’t seem to stay in one place for too long. So taking photos gives me something to do when I can’t paint and when I’m traveling. And maybe the only reason it’s the only thing I’m obsessed about is because it gives me some way to relate to the world from a distance and not have to be involved, and not feel too awkward about that situation. I have no idea what I will be doing in five years.
Do you shoot other film mediums? If yes what's your fave film and camera of choice ? I don’t shoot too much Polaroid anymore, just on those special occasions. Mainly now it’s 35mm with my Olympus XA, maybe the Natura Classica sometimes.
What's your favorite photo you have ever taken and why? Don't be shy. Tell us a story.... tend to like everything at one point or another, for various reasons and then I get tired of that and move on, so no specific image stays my favorite for too long.
Thanks for your time Jeff, we look fwd to seeing more of your light filled snap shots of awesomeness soon.
Friday, November 6, 2009
Thursday, November 5, 2009
This particular random look down was taken on my Polaroid 600 Job Pro at the temple of literature in Hanoi, Vietnam... very cool place to spend a afternoon let me tell you! If your thinking of doing a rather large chunk o travelling and made peace with the fact your Polaroid film is going to take about about 60% of available space in your backpack then i highly recommend you try and get your hands on a Job Pro to take with you. Ive travelled with many Polaroids and this is the most durable yet!
You can check out more of my camera collection here, here and here!
The guy that writes this blog seems to be somewhat of a different soul, he has taken some oddly beautiful yet beautifully odd Polaroids, combined some hi brow words with some lo fi lighting and POW! He's made himself somewhat of a floral essay... which Christian goes on to describe as " a 80 page multi-faceted essay which can simply be read at a artisan level or more deeply as a reflection of the reader"
If your thinking it all sounds a bit much your not alone but Christian goes on to say "The reader may find that any artistic, long-winded talk is a mere solecism for pot-pourri, and this is fine also" Mumbo jumbo aside the dude takes some pretty rad Polaroids and i highly recommend you check this ambitious little book out :)
You can check out a sample of his work above or read more at Sea & its Horse blog here. Enjoy!
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
Some people think this is a little strange of moi, so it was a pleasant surprise to stumble across a bloke named Tom.Tom likes to take photos of feet too, that's one of his shots above and you can check out many more here on his website. Having only inhabited this earth for approximately 28 years toms racked up almost as many countries and taken photos of his feet in Peru, Belize, Viet Nam and even Australia ( that's the blue mountains just outside of Sydney NSW, above)
I hope you enjoy his shots as much as i did.
Monday, November 2, 2009
Sunday, November 1, 2009
You'll find yourself impressed how the constant sound of horns and heavy traffic seem to leave this mystery driver, a girl of not yet 25, unfazed. A series of well meaning honks of the horn and a flash of the lights later and you pass on the right only to see she is also carrying two small children on the front of the bike - your jaw drops to the floor. welcome to Viet Nam.
In Australia the general consensus amongst a aging population is once you reach 65 its time to retire to a nice but manageable villa in Port Macquarie that is walking distance to the local bowling club so you can imagine my surprise newly arrived in the capitol of Hanoi when the first thing i come across is a old lady, maybe 7 or 80 (They are so healthy its hard to tell) peddling a bike across 5 lanes of peak hour traffic - something i cant imagine my grandma ever doing, even in her youth.
Its a whole other way of life in viet nam and the transport rules and regulations - or sever lack there of is just the tip of the iceberg.
There is a unspoken language in vietnam, not that of 1000 year old scriptures or ancient sun gods but of car horns and indicators. In Australia we honk our horns in rage and flash our lights in frustration - the roads of vietnam however are a whole other ball game, where one honk of your horn simply means a polite "just letting you know I'm here" and two honks roughly translates to " I'd like to pass now please"
We might use a indicator to turn left, the Vietnamese theirs to (for lack of a better word) indicate that you may pass on the left and a slight shake of your right hand in a clockwise direction , like you are turning some kind of imaginary door knob, means police ahead. Confused? I sure was but our driven Tan was seemingly unfazed as he whizzed through traffic on route to Saigon.
Vietnam is a country so fiercely contrasted to life here in Australia it is a must go to destination for those wishing to alleviate them selves from their current comfort zone (of favorite spot in front of the telly) Where we have dry heat Vietnam has humidity, We drink our beers in bars, they drink their beers on the street, and let me tell you, You haven't had the full Vietnamese experience until you have knocked back a 20c beer whilst perched on a plastic stool 10cm off the ground and all but 1m from the constant flow of traffic.
Jeff tells me he is currently sans Polaroid but has been shooting with his Olympus XA and cross processing the results. He attached the shot above taken at the Oprah House in Oslo and by god... what a beautiful image! thanks Jeff - you made my day!\
Stay tuned for 5 minutes with Jeff Robson soon
Well apparently someone was up for the job because last week I had my first camera stolen from a telegraph pole on The Esplanade in South Cronulla, NSW. I blogged about this disappointing turn of events here and came to the conclusion i was not going to let the man get me down, I was going to tie another came to the same telegraph pole thus restoring my faith in human decency...
But alas this was not to be as yesterday evening, after leaving the camera tied to that same pole on the beach for all but 4 hours i came back to find it gone... AGAIN! at least they didn't steal my sign this time but COME ON! PEOPLE! what is up with all the stealing?
I'm heading out now to tie a 3rd camera up, but am thinking i might move one telegraph pole to the south as lets just face it this telegraph pole is bad luck!
Oh and to the human/s that stole my first two cameras.. Enjoy eternity in hell :)