Tuesday, March 30, 2010
To cut a long story short about 100 people were assigned to 8 different cameras which in turn were assigned 8 different colors (12 people p/camera) the deal was you took your two photos and passed the camera on to the random stranger below you on the list. The camera's were sent out Sept 10 last year, some were lost to the postal system forever, some made it home and I'm currently waiting two more cameras to make their way back from the UK and the USA before I get them all developed.
It's been 7 long months since i sent the first camera out and i must admit sometimes i forget they are floating about in the universe until today when i got this photo above emailed to me by a lovely stranger called Rodney who resides in Maine, USA... He has just received the camera and it has only 4 more people to get to before it begins its journey back home... I cant wait to see all the results... stay tuned for your own sneak peak... and a BIG THANK YOU to all those who have been involved.
Monday, March 29, 2010
Sunday, March 28, 2010
Thursday, March 25, 2010
I thought this here little grid device was created for artists to recreate there subjects via drawing and painting etc but turns out this film had a much more clinical use... insurance men use it to document claims and shit like that... I don't know about you but my insurance man is not the Polaroid carrying type!
According to the writer of this blog Polaroid Grid film is as rare as hens teeth, so you can imagine how stoked he was to be given a packet by his assistant... Check out the results above or right here...
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
There is a exhibition about to hit town aptly titled "Analogue" which celebrates medium format film photography – a collection of traditionally enlarged Black and White images taken with vintage and toy cameras by three Australian based fine art photographers. (Melissa Ramirez, Dax Pointon and Stuart Frossell)
The Joy kicks of March 26 at the National Grid Gallery, click here for more details
Monday, March 22, 2010
Read my original post below....
I just got a new sonar SX70, when I say new i mean old... I just converted it to take 6oo and thought Id re-post this for anyone who wants to do the same!
Lets not kid ourselves these be tough financial times we are in and none of us can afford to be battling it out on EBay with some random stranger that goes by the name of *cutesy__mcboo82* for 1 teeny tiny pack of SX-70 film... before you know it the clocks struck midnight and your sitting bleary eyed at your desk, staring blankly at your laptop ,wondering just how exactly you got stuck in a bidding war that ended up with you paying $98 for 10 shots of SX-70 while *cutesy__mcboo82* gets of Scot free!
Sunday, March 21, 2010
Camera 114 for example Left at Santa Barbara Museum of Art, State St and found and was finished by someone called Jenna.... Camera 159 has been all the way to the south pole and back and the photos are truly amazing.
This project cant grow with out your help so click here to find out more
Saturday, March 20, 2010
Thursday, March 18, 2010
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
Most of these theatres were built in the 20's and reside around the Florida /California parts of America (although the Capri theatre in South Australia and the Coronet theatre in London also crack a mention) These theatres sound amazing, one in particular caught my attention, the Egyptian theatre in Hollywood California... What a amazing place, opened in 1922 and proceeded to host premiere after premiere until 1968, it was closed in 1992 and damaged in the 94 Northbridge earthquake and sat destitute until it was restored in the late 1990's!
Whats this have to do with photography you ask? Well this book has made me realise not only how much there is to see in the world (and take photos of) but how sad it is that it could one day all be gone, or how so much has already come so close to being reduced to ruble before generations get to really appreciate their beauty while looking through a plastic lens... there are just some amazing photos out there waiting to be taken and i just hope they are not demolished before i get there!
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
Sunday, March 14, 2010
So you all know who Banksy is of course... random street artist, all kinds of wonderful at what he does... well, he may not take Polaroids, and he may not use film, but he sure is making one... check out the preview above, sit back and enjoy the man who breaks all the rules in a world of plenty...
Friday, March 12, 2010
Its nice to see someone else has jumped on the half frame bandwagon with moi, a one Mr Matty J from The Sea Life... Check out his golden hour golden halves above!
Wednesday, March 10, 2010
For me that's what these images will be like for my kids or grand kids... they'll be wanting to know what life was like way back in the early 2000's and I'll pull out these Polaroids and they'll see that life was fun and simple... yes technology has made us all lazy and life will never be a 1950s coca cola commercial again but people still loved, laughed with their friends, drank beer and rode bikes in the afternoon sunshine. Life in the early 2000's was good... and its only going to get better - If we can pull ourselves away from facebook, blogs, email and 16 hour work days long enough to stop and smell the daisys that is!
Click here to see more of the love...it'll make you all warm and fuzzy inside I promise
Tuesday, March 9, 2010
Thursday, March 4, 2010
You'll be in some kind of heavily air-conditioned automobile weaving in and out of traffic only to come upon a motorcycle carrying a load to market as wide as the motorbike is long, Now i dont want anything to get lost in translation here, think just how long a motorbike is - thats a bloody wide load... Your mind starts to wander how the young thing at the wheel can keep such a wide load from tipping over. 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 suprise 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 im 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 elieviate 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 havnt 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.
For more photos from my Vietnam trip click here
Hello world. I hope you had a lovely day :)
Wednesday, March 3, 2010
I first came across them when i was thinking about my latest project "Stranger photos have happened" (inspired by a man called jay) I started looking into this whole random act of kindness/fine art of photography/ethical conundrum all rolled into one type deal and stumbled across the lovely dudes at Anonymous Photo Project.
These guys have taken Jays idea one step further and, much like the book swappers of the early 2000's (come on, how could you forget that craze!) they are not just tying disposable cameras to benches and coming back later with their fingers crossed - no no, they have taken their faith in human decency to a whole other level and are leaving "packages"containing, among other things, disposable cameras for random strangers to stumble across and take where ever they god damn please, shoot the roll of film and then post it back to the lovely people at The Anonymous Project undeveloped.
Each camera has a serial number and you can log on and check out where, (lets just say roll number 126) ended up and what the photos looked like. If this were the Olympics and freak'n awesome social experiments was a event. These guys would win gold! Oh and If your wondering, #126 hasn't come back to them yet but #129 has and its a beauty, the above shots are just a example... I dont know about you, but I want to be friends with the person that hangs out with chickens and then manages to squeeze a spot of sailing all into the one day!