Tuesday, December 28, 2010


Hello dear friends! Apologies for the absolutely shit house effort with posting this month! Well... if I'm honest the last 3 months really, but that's how long I have been working on my new website for and I am sorry to say it has occupied every spare moment in recent months!

What is this new website I speak of you ask? Well it actually has nothing to do with photography for once - I have launched my own stationary and invitation design business called Daisy & Jack and I would very much like it if you would pay me a visit here

I will still of course be posting here at Take Nothing But Polaroids LOTS more in the new year (I promise) and I will continue to run Kill All Artists and its various film and photographic projects as well but it was time for a new challenge and invitation design is just too much gosh darn fun!

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Mellow Yellow

Another shot from the Hey You! Say Cheese! Global Disposable Camera Project! This was taken by the lovely and talented Jen Gotch. The rest of the results are coming soon!

Keep your eyes peeled here for more info.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

My turn to take a trip

I finally scored a olympus trip 35 on ebay! Woooo! Hopefully it will arrive in the next few days! Its missing a lens cap (anyone got a spare) but other than that is in tip top shape!

Monday, November 22, 2010

Ok Ok here is another one

Below I posted a little sneak peek of the Hey You! Say Cheese! Disposable camera project results, but who was I kidding! One photo wasn't enough, two more of my faves above!

You can find out more about the Project here, keeps your eyes peeled on the website in the coming days for the complete galleries!

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Its been a long 14 months...

But finally the disposable cameras I sent out into the world to 100 random strangers 14 long months ago are finally home (it was meant to take 5 weeks, 3 months at the most - haha)

I am so grateful to everyone who took part, donated your time, money and creativity to a little bit of fun that served to purpose other than to put a smile on your face and keep the love of film alive!

A little sneak peek from the red camera above! Click here for more information

Monday, November 8, 2010

Sleep easy...

We can all rest a little easier knowing that Kodak have no plans to be shutting down 35mm and 120 film production anytime soon! In fact they are, and I quote "doing extremely well... it almost feels that there is a very real resurgence for film.” Damn straight there is, although you'd never know it seeing as film is now impossible to buy at the chemist, supermarket not to mention your average corner store... The days of disposable cameras and 35mm film cartridges lining supermarket isles are all but over my friend, unless you have a camera store near by its all about ordering online. For those of you based in Australia this place is a great online resource for ordering film! But if you are a regular buyer of all things film perhaps chat to your local supermarket or chemist about getting those shelves re stocked! Who knows maybe they didnt get the memo about films so called 'resurgence' :)

Read more of the Kodak interview here. At the very least it will make you a little less panicked about films foreseeable future!

Sunday, November 7, 2010


Andy Irons "i surf because" short film from Billabong on Vimeo.

Ahhh this has nothing to do with film photography... but everything to do with it at the same time... What can I say, the dude inspired a lot of people... and inspiration is what its all about.

My thoughts are with his brother, (8 month pregnant) wife and family right now. Peace be with you man xo

Sir Ryan Tatar

I have blogged about a one Mr Ryan Tatar quite a lot over the years... he reads my blog... I read his... He was kind enough to donate his time and participate in my global Hey You! Say Cheese project and is just a wonderful photographer and all round nice guy.... His documentary style surf photographer was a big influence when it came to me deciding to cruise America, living in the back of a camper van for 3 months next year, a country, previously i had little desire to travel.

Its been a while since I posted some of his photos... so feast your eyes on the awesomeness above and be sure to click here if you'd like to see more

Meet Jack

Jack Tar takes awesome photos... if my Olympus trip shots come out half as good as his (above) i will be one happy kid! Check out more of his handy work here

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Its time to take a trip

I own plenty of vintage cameras... Polaroid EE66's, EE44's, 600s, mini portraits and SX-70s, I own Eastman Kodak's, Lomo's, Diana's and Holga's not to mention a Pentax MZ50... but one camera I don't have and have always wanted - a Olympus Trip... Seems like every time I stumble across a amazing photo lately its taken on a Olympus trip.

I'm currently bidding on a few on Ebay so fingers crossed Ill be the proud owner of a new (and when i say new) I mean old camera soon :)

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Kill All Artists

Some new photos on my website from Hey You! Say Cheese - Shark Island Camera. Be sure to have a squiz here some time today!

Locals only

Locals only is a cool book with some damn cool photos. Photographer Hugh Holland started shooting skateboarders in the early 70s around LA... All I can say is thank god half of CA was in drought at the time... otherwise hugh would of come up short when it come to empty cement pools to shoot and skate in.

Find out more here

Monday, November 1, 2010

I shoot film

I shoot film is a Flickr group with a amazing 50,853 members who have uploaded a staggering 1,448,613 photos... not too shabby considering film is meant to be a dying medium! Join here and upload some 35mm goodness... go on, i dare ya - share the love :)

Some of my favorites from this group pool above. Legs by Margherita Castriota and In the Car by mmmetronomy

Andrew Zuckermans a wordy mofo

I just finished designing issue 2 of Wordy Mofo. I'm telling you people if awesomeness was a Olympic event this online zine would win gold! Its not too often these days you can pick up a magazine and actually find value (not PR driven fluff) on every page you turn too... So you heard me... waist no time about it - Click here to read the latest issue (Yes, its free)

There is a great interview with photographer Andrew Zuckerman... picutred above. Enjoy

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Hugs for all

I love light leaks and skateboards and so does Tyron Hug... Check out more of his handy work above and here

Beautiful Blue

Man I gotta get me a Olympus Trip 35! These beautiful photos were taken by the human behind blog heirs to all and can be found here on the world wide web


Some effortlessly cool photos (and sweet sweet light leaks) of Nicaragua by photographer Morgan Maassen Shot on 35mm and found here on his blog!

Friday, October 22, 2010

I am a bad bad blogger

Wow. What a busy 6 weeks... I have barely had a chance to blog! I have been cleaning out the spare room in a attempt to turn it into a office, Ive been working on various job for various clients and have even flown to Queensland and back for a photo shoot for my magazine.

In my big clean out i stumbled across these photos I took over seas in 2009! What have you guys been up to? taken any photos lately? would love to see them, post links below.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

15 years. Mexican Pictures

This chap above, a one Mr Raul Gutierrez took a polaroid of himself, on his brothers birthday, every year for... well i dont know how many years... but judging the the photo bottom right I'll wager about 15 years.... There is quite the interesting/sad/uplifting story as to the why, I'll let you click here to hear it (read it) from the horses mouth. He also have a website aptly titled mexican pictures I think you'll dig too!

With a birthday coming up in a few weeks I think I may just undertake this little project myself

Monday, October 11, 2010


I know i know I'm naughty! this post isnt photography related in any way shape or form, but I recently started a new business, designing invitations, stationary and decorations such as custom made bunting etc etc... and I'm all kinds of excited to share it with you all!

If you have a moment today please feel free to check out my handy work here!

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Hey You! update...

Yesterday afternoon was spent documenting all of the boxes and contents of those boxes from the Hey You! Say Cheese! Project. I took photos from every which angel, Yeah It's just the packaging that was used to make sure my disposable cameras made it around the world safely, but each box in itself tells a story of its own.

Here is a sneak peak of one above, modified slightly to encompass a few words on the project itself.

Viotlander VITO

This is my mate dean, he also goes by the name frotho - why I don't exactly know... he'd probably kill me for posting this photo up here but the VITO takes such a rad portrait I just couldn't help myself.

You can check out a few more of the aforementioned portraits here

Friday, October 8, 2010

hey you say cheese!

At last the yellow camera is on its way home! which means by the end of the month i will have the results developed in my hot little hands.

For all of those who took part a big thank you for your time, effort and patience (especially those who were towards the bottom of the list) . It took just over 365 days for 6 cameras to travel around the world to 100 different strangers.

To find out more about this project please click here.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

My new website

Last week I resigned from my job as a Art Director of a weekly magazine to pursue freelance work! In honor of this little life change i have spent the better part of the last 48 hours ripping my website apart and putting it back together!

There is a great new home for my Hey You! Say Cheese! project and lots of cool other stuff! Take a moment today to check it out as I would love your feedback!

You can find the new site here Oh and I should mention I got the results in for the latest camera, you ca check them out here

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Hey You! Sunshine!

I have just got the shots developed from my latest disposable camera, tied to a telegraph pole on Shark Island for one glorious sunny sunday afternoon... The roll will be posted here in a few days but in the mean time here is a little sneak peak above! Hows that View - amazing!

You can check out other cameras left up and down the east coast of Australia here or if you would like a camera tied up in your area contact me here

Monday, September 27, 2010

National Photographic Portrait Prize

The 2011 National Photographic portrait prize is now open for business people. This annual event aims to promote the very best in contemporary portraiture by both professional and aspiring Australian photographers such as yourself. Entries close November 11 so be sure to get snapping my friends... For more details on how to enter this fabulous comp click here

A very cool blog

Stumbled across this here blog the other day called A dream of white horses... some pretty bloody awesome Polaroids on there with some beautiful light leeks and bleeds. All photos are by a bloke called Dan Ryan and what weird and wonderful collection of photos they are!

Be sure to check it out if you are looking for a bit of inspiration!

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Spring Fair

Thank golly gosh its spring. Hello Blue skies and sunshine... As it so happens I took these photos at the Spring Fair 2 weeks ago... the grain in the sky, the brightly colored flags blowing in the breeze just make me happy. Its the stuff screen savers are made of...

Shots were taken on my Voitlander VITO using 100 speed Fujichrome slide film and cross processed.


So I finally got some rolls of film developed! 8 in total (plus 162 digital photos) I'm all kinds of happy to finally check out some of the results but its not all good news.... Alas I will be crying poor for the rest of the month as I just spent my grocery money on developing - the things we do for love hey!

The first roll is from a Cockatoo Island adventure we went on for the 17th Biennale of Sydney. What a day! Blue skies, a dozen good mates each with a camera in hand, a packed lunch (thanks Bowen) and a bottle of red wine it was a great day for exploring and I'm telling you it was tough picking my fave 2 shots from the roll to post above.... but here they are... How amazing is that rainbow! Man I love sunshine! Check back for more soon

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Golden Halfs...

I have not busted out my Golden Half in a while... thought Id post a few of my faves to get the creative juices flowing again! I Know its been a long while since i posted some of my own work... I currently have 12 rolls of 36 exp Fujichrome slide film to get developed... Problem is finding a camera store or even chemist for that matter that still develops film (or has even heard of it) is like finding a needle in a hay stack....

Next week I'll come through with the goods. I promise... In the mean while click here to check out some of my other photos.. you know the ones i actually got around to developing and scanning... boy - ain't it tough shoot'n film!

Would love to hear about what you are all shooting with these days and check out the results...come now... don't be shy

Monday, September 13, 2010

Cardboard Cameras

Talk about eco friendly people! American painter and sculptor Kiel Johnson crafts meticulously stunning cardboard recreations of almost every kind of camera from vintage Polaroids to your standard point and shoots! Chec out more of here amazing creations here!

Take Picture dont steal!

A one Mr G Woods is a curious and creative Canadian local who ties disposable cameras to park benches with a short and sweet letter that goes a little something like 'take picture don't steal'

He has left cameras all over his home town along with a few random ones through the US and Europe... You can check out the weirdly strange and strangely wonderful results above or here on his website! Oh and stay tuned for some new cameras from my own disposable camera project... I have 3 more to develop and post here soon!

Saturday, September 11, 2010

The first disposable camera

I always thought disposable cameras were a product of the 80s! So I was surprised today to learn that the first disposable camera was actually made in 1947! Pretty freakn cool hey, It was called the photo pack and it was huge, once you had taken all of your photos you had to post the whole thing back and in one glorious week you got the results back - how exciting!

You can find out more here

Getty jumps on the disposable bandwagon

Even Getty is getting in on the disposable camera game... Some marketing guru in Singapore came up with the idea to send 300 out to various creative types across Asia... sadly it doesn't seem to be in the name of creativity or nostalgia but direct mail and cheeky sales ploys....

You can check out the photos here you can view the photos by camera I/D number... pretty interesting photos. To find out more about my own disposable camera project click here

Lomo loves harlem

Some lomo love of New York courtesy of Sending Postcards. What a amazing city to shoot in cant wait to get there next yr!

Friday, September 10, 2010

See but not heard. disposable camera Project

The girl project is a nifty little concept thought up by New York based photographer Kate Engelbrecht. The way it works is Engelbrecht sends out disposable cameras to teenage girls across America. The girls are encouraged to take photos of a variety of things, their interests, people they love and what's important to them at this stage of their life!

The goal is to collect photos from 5,000 girls of diverse social and ethnic backgrounds and then organize the work into a book and a traveling exhibition. It is a fresh look at what teenage girls are actually up to these day, what influences them, what they do for fun! Technology, social media and mass marketing are often to blame for forcing kids to grow up too fast! I was a child in every sense of the word until i hit my teens, id climb trees with my brother, go fishing with my dad and thought dresses were a hindrance on my play time in the backyard. These days it seems kids as young as 8 and 9 are dressing and acting like the cast of gossip girl.

Its this movement of 8 going on 18 that Engelbrecht finds so interesting "As adults we create an image of who teenage girls are, and we sell that back to them—telling them who they are,” Engelbrecht says, “None of it is coming from the girls themselves—as a result the truth gets lost.” she goes on to say “To not understand adolescence is a huge mistake,” she says. “It affects our perception on them as well as their own opinions on themselves. The girls feel that they either have to live up to these images or combat them.”

I know from my own disposable camera project it cant be easy getting a project like this going. From the 400 cameras she has sent out thus far only 100 have been returned, but i am sure she'll get there! Tweens and teens are largely a demographic that’s been catered to, but rarely heard from and i for one am looking forward to hearing what they have to say.

To find out more about The Girl Project click here... as you can see from the cross section of photos above its well worth a look!

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

A hung parliment no more!

My country (sunny Australia) Finally got a new govt today! A Labor/Greens coalition after over two weeks of hung Parliament because nobody could decide who to vote for (it was pretty much 50:50 labor/liberal...

I could go on all day about the ins and outs of it but to be honest I'm a little exhausted by it all... after 2 weeks of not knowing Australia feels a little like the photo above (found here on flickr)

I'm sure with a little help from Bob Brown's Green party Labor will be able to shake the metaphorical sand from the towel and get this country back on track - Although i still maintain that Kevin didn't do as bad a job as everyone said he did... I wish labor the best of luck....