I always take as many camera’s away with me as I can fit in my bags. (Unless of course I forget altogether see my last post for the results of that!)
This post will compare digital images with polaroids taken whilst in Copenhagen in March.
The digital camera I took with me is the Lumix DMC-LX100. I enjoyed the ease of my little compact digital camera light weight and quick, it’s got a great lens for such a tiny camera.
I used it as a point and shoot, the display screen off, I think I do this to make myself feel more like i’m still using a film camera.
There is something precious about relying on your eye in the moment, and not knowing exactly what you’ve got as your final product.
Photography is all about the edit, but it’s nice to spend your time and patience thinking about the photograph your trying to take in that moment, rather than taking 40 of the same shot just because you can.
I also took along my polaroid camera which is my pride and joy, far more bulky and awkward to carry but so worth it. Made all the more beautiful some white framed circle aperture film from Impossible project. Just dreamy! There’s very little control with a polaroid, the model I use does have light and distance settings though i’m not 100% they actually work! It is the simplicity of a polaroid that is what I find so magical and I think is the reason it can produce some really unique images.
I think my preference is clear i’m polaroid all the way… for it’s charm and simplicity.
Which camera would you take?
I was really lucky to get to go on a Photography trip to Barcelona recently with seven of my course mates. We had a fantastic time and got to see some incredible sights. I got to see a Christian Boltanski piece and a Rineke Dijkstra from her ‘Young mothers’ series, both of which was very inspiring.On our first day when we were on our way out of our apartment, I Spotted this logo on one of the buildings opposite.
We all thought what a strange coincidence it was to have gone on a photography trip and to have accidentally ended up staying over the road from a pretty unique polaroid shop.
For those of you who don’t know abou the Impossible project here is a little summary of what they do.
‘In October 2008 The Impossible Project saved the last Polaroid production plant for integral instant film in Enschede (NL) and started to invent and produce totally new instant film materials for traditional Polaroid cameras. In 2010 Impossible saved analog instant photography from extinction by releasing various, brand new and unique instant films.’
Now with an entire shop to choose from I just didn’t know what to do with myself but after much deliberating I decided to buy myself some on the newer unique polaroid that they were selling. Though very tempted by the Gold framed stuff, I got myself this little box.
This is black and white, silvershade, Polaroid film, with a black frame!!
I haven’t used it yet, it’s still exactly like this in the box waiting to be opened!!
Here is an example of it given on the Impossible website.
I can’t wait to use mine, and when I do I will put it up on here as soon as possible! (No pun intended!) What would you use this film to take a photograph of?