Saturday, 31 December 2011

The Polaroid Book

We think our new year's resolution is going to be to buy a new book every month, to try and reduce our wishlist!


Friday, 30 December 2011

Griffin Stuip

The very talented Griffin Stuip (Griph010 on Flickr) took these photos on an Olympus Trip 35, using a film expired in 1999, and has achieved great photographs as a result!

Thursday, 29 December 2011


Loldirppy on Flickr has an absolutely amazing photostream! Seriously you should go and check it out. He has used a variety of techniques to achieve these beautiful photographs.

Wednesday, 28 December 2011

Holley and Chris Melton

This wonderful photo is by Holley and Chris Malton, or HolleyandChris on Flickr, and a complete accident! They got the film developed as normal and it turned out like this :)

Saturday, 24 December 2011

Tuesday, 20 December 2011

Recyclable Camera Photography

Continuing our exploration of the world of toy and economy photography (see previous polaroid page), I was delighted to have the opportunity to do what all the adverts told me and get a recyclable camera for New Years Eve 1999. Recyclable cameras - otherwise known as 'disposable' or 'single-use' or 'one-time-use' cameras - are those ones you buy with a film built-in, and when you've taken the photos you hand the whole unit to your photo processor, who develops your pics and returns the camera to its maker for recycling (hopefully).

I remember when they first came out, in 1989 probably, and they reviewed one in Smash Hits. The photos were really foggy and rubbish, and the artistic potential didn't really strike me at the time.

For my Millennium Eve try-out, at Cream 2000 (big dance event in Liverpool), I really wanted to get the cheapest one possible, which was five pounds (eight US dollars) in Woolworths, but for some reason I didn't (I think I believed that it simply couldn't work at all if it was that cheap), so unfortunately I ended up getting a relatively-swanky Kodak one -- as pictured above -- for ten pounds at a petrol station, six hours before that much-hyped midnight. So here are four of the pictures, worst one first.

This is Orbital at five seconds to midnight. You can see some big number fives if you look, er, closely. But obviously it is a crap photo and this is exactly what you expect a photo from a ten pound camera to look like. (As with all these, in fact, I've digitally tweaked it and the original was worse than this).

This is another of the rubbish kind of photo you expect to get out of a throwaway camera. It's a self-portrait probably. And it's earlier. You don't get trees at Cream obviously.

But look at this glorious image of Liverpool's finest chip chefs. I thought this was quite good really. A £200 camera would take the same photo under these circumstances.

And look at this fine portrait photography. Well-known club promoter Charles Cheung looks pleased with his event.

5 Days of Christmas.

Here is the first of my Flickr christmas uploads. I'm calling it the 5 days of christmas. I have enough photos to do the 12 days of christmas after the big day itself, but these photos are all about the build up to the day so they need to go before really! So it's 5 photos a day, for 5 days, right up until christmas eve :) enjoy!

Oh and this is also the first film back from my Fuuvi Juicebox Camera. The funny way the lens works means  got my fingers in the way of a few, but overall I love it!

(anyone catch the Sea Wolf song there?!)

These were all taken the last time I went to London, mainly the windows of Selfridges :)

Sunday, 18 December 2011

150 Projects to Strengthen Your Photography Skills - John Easterby

Added to the wishlist :)
More tips for when shooting with a digital camera, but still helpful tricks.


Saturday, 17 December 2011

A project by Big Hope: Erhardt Miklós / Dominic Hislop

Between July 1997-February 1998, 40 disposable cameras were given to homeless people in Budapest. Each participant was asked to take photographs of whatever they felt to be important or interesting in their everyday experience, in the knowledge that their pictures would later be viewed publicly as part of an exhibition and web site. The participants were approached on a fairly random basis in the city's metro stations and homeless shelters. When the prints were ready we recorded an interview with each photographer about their pictures. Through the support of our sponsors we were able to recompense the participants for their work.

Thursday, 15 December 2011

Hannah's Recent Flickr Upload.

There's pretty much going to be five photos posting a day to try and clear some of the backlog of photos I have on my laptop (120 queued at the moment!) plus I took five films in to be developed yesterday, and still have at least three more ready to go, so I need to get some posted now. The majority of the ones on the films being developed atm are wintery/from christmas shops so I'll leave them to the week leading up until christmas :) Enjoy!
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