Tuesday, 16 November 2010

that you Jethro?

Today was incredibly foggy, went to test out a new pin hole camera and took my land 320 with me

That duck on the right makes this picture, taken on my Polaroid Land 320 using FP-100B

Monday, 15 November 2010

Toy Camera UK

So my problem with getting the standard jobs young folk often do is essentially I'm useless at them and as soon as you work in a place like that you start to hate the public, I blame social unrest amongst young people in England on the depressing places they are made to work. So I have started this instead

Click the picture above to go to the shop, granted its pretty rubbish at the mo, hopefully get some cool stuff in pretty soon. got to start somewhere!

Wednesday, 10 November 2010

here's some more, why not

Did two more single sheet manipulations today of Rankin's picture of the queen and that smart looking chap is me.

(see post below if you don't know what I'm on about)

these two are transfers after soaking for about half an hour, I can't seem to get the blue layer off the paper as its just far to fragile if anyone has any luck with that or knows a technique please share!

Monday, 8 November 2010

Polaroid POGO Manipulations

For those of you unfamiliar with it, Polaroid manufacture a range of printers and paper that require no ink, the paper responds to heat a bit like how a receipt printer works in a shop but in colour, the most common printer the POGO prints credit card size pictures and has started a bit of a manipulation revolution. I love how people see the Polaroid logo and feel the need to be creative and experiment and that is exactly what these two decided to do.

Photo Manipulation: Zink-PoGo from Frenky on Vimeo.

I had to give it a go after watching that and these are my attempts at manipulating the paper using lemon juice, nail varnish remover, a lighter, sand paper, bleach, water and a hot piece of wire. please click on the images to enlarge them.

This is picture of me spread over four pieces of "zink" paper the hot wire gave the red lines and a lighter gave the blue border by scratching away at the top it goes yellow to purple to blue as you go through the colour layers.

This is one sheet, they are only small so you have to get right up close to look at all the detail which I love, by rubbing a lemon over the paper it warms up the image and seems to give it a little bit more contrast.

For this one I started with Blue nude by Matisse spread over 11 pieces of Zink paper the pink colour is from the nail varnish remover.

This is the famous scene from American beauty by using a skewer heated in a Bunsen/lighter flame you can start to draw lines and outline features.

this is of course Van Gogh on one piece of paper using pretty much all the techniques from above.

so yeah if you have the little printer which only costs 20 pounds and the paper which is just over a tenner for 100 sheets then give it a go!

Friday, 5 November 2010

PUSH!... what?

The impossible project this week announced the public release of a new colour chemistry set up, in the form of their PX 70 Colour Shade PUSH! film and d'ya know what, it looks good! "PUSH!" is a reference to the fact you have to massively over expose this film to get the best out of it TIP suggests "bathing your subject in light and setting the dial to lightest". from the test shots this is a massive improvement on the original colour shade film that was to be honest a bit poor!

Top - new Px colour shade
Bottom - old Px colour shade

The new film seems to be developed from the new chemistry they used on some special edition 20X24 integral film which was revealed earlier this year (the film uses two 8X10 pods)

Tuesday, 2 November 2010

Jamie Livingstone, a life in polaroids

Jamie Livingstone from as far as I have read was a photographer, film maker and circus performer who on the last day of march 1979 decided to document the comings and goings of his life with a Polaroid a day. Armed with an SX-70, Jamie takes pictures of himself, friends, strangers and all kinds of scenes that build up a picture of his life.

as you scroll through the nearly 7000 pictures you learn the characters and places in the story and quickly become engrossed as if you are watching a film.

you follow Jamie a lot of the time as if you are looking through his eyes

in 1997 it becomes clear that Jamie has cancer

On the 5th of October 1997 Jamie proposes to his wife signified by a picture of a ring in its box and very soon after they are wed.

18 days later and 19 years after they picture started the come to and end the last picture taken of Jamie laying in his hospital bed.

This is one of the most amazing things I have ever seen on then internet and is well worth taking some time to scroll through the entire collection and enjoy the story.

 you can find it here

Monday, 1 November 2010

This looks flipping quality

The sprocket rocket is the latest camera from Lomography, It does what seems to be the big thing lately in the ever evolving world of toy cameras. The camera exposes the entire height of the 35mm film sprockets n'all (hence the name) it also features a backwards winder which is a very nice touch making panoramic multiple exposures possible

other cameras that you can use to get this effect are the

black bird fly from SuperHEADZ

This is a beautiful camera that can take normal square and sprocket pictures all on 35mm it is also a TLR which is nice

Any HOLGA 120 with a 35mm back will also expose the sprockets.

obviously you don't order prints from any of the film you expose the sprockets on but rather have to scan your negatives onto the computer if you just have a normal scanner lomo sell an over priced holder that will allow you to scan them onto your computer which seems to work nicely