Friday, 5 November 2010

Wednesday, 3 November 2010

Monday, 1 November 2010

Polaroid Week.

So it's Polaroid Week on Flickr. This is bascially just one massive excuse for people who already like Polaroids to look at even more Polaroids. It works.

You're allowed to throw two new pictures into the pool every day so here are my first two. Click on the picture and it will launch you through to Flickr.

Sunday, 24 October 2010

What's a Polaroid worth?


Well now you have the chance to decide for yourself as Brian Henry sells off some of him stunning Polaroid back catalogue on his beautiful website. I've been lucky enough to hang out with Brian for a few days and as well as being a jolly nice chap, he's also a proper genius - I think it's fair to say Brian's stuff represents many of my favourite images ever burned onto those 3.25 inch squares.

Polaroid original art sale.

Brian on Flickr
Brian on Polanoid

Monday, 11 October 2010

Strange day...

Ruined my knee. Broke a finger. Went to the beach. Only one of these activities is worth posting photos about.

I took these photos with the Artistic Time Zero Edge Cut film and an SX-70.

Friday, 24 September 2010

Band photos.

Took some photos of local band Nervosa and here are some of my favourites. I'll put some more up in a day or two and alert you all again when their new EP is ready for distribution to your ear drums. I took the shots on Polaroid, naturally, but maybe not my usual thing...

Wednesday, 22 September 2010

Finding Lost Time.

Photographs from the book 'Finding Lost Time'. This slideshow was projected by the Terra de Ningu photography collective at the Can Basté Civic Centre in Barcelona.

Finding Lost Time from andrew conroy on Vimeo.

What an amazing collection of photos from some modern geniuses like Thomas Ville and Rhiannon Adam. My two pictures from the book are the first you'll see...

Sunday, 15 August 2010

Mythology and miscellany.

I met up with The Gentleman Amateur at Glastonbury Tor. You probably all know his beautiful pictures, but in case you don't do trot off and have a look, won't you. We took some pictures, naturally, and I had another whirl on the PX70 colour film from the kings of Europhotographyporn - The Impossible Project.
I was a Tor virgin, having only muddied my feet at the festival once... But it's staggering. Miles of flat fields with islands, Avalon itself included, jutting up into the sky. Little wonder it's gathered so many myths. It's also full of some of life's more 'colourful' characters like the nice folk who painted their house with these flowers.

Friday, 6 August 2010

On re-kindlement.

Getting back into Polaroids?

Most of my pictures are taken with something a bit like this.
It's a folding Polaroid SX-70 - this one looks a bit odd because of the Sonar arrangement on top. I prefer them without partly because it's not the most pleasant addition to the camera but also because when they fold down it's a hell of a lot smaller without it.

They're the most extraordinarily beautiful little SLR cameras. A genius of engineering and aesthetic.

Get one if you can.
They focus down to about 12 inches, and closer if you get the close-up kit, which means they're pretty much un-paralelled in the Polaroid world. The plasticy cameras you probably all had as kids rarely let you get in closer than about 3ft.
Sadly the film (SX-70 Time Zero) these pictures were taken on in is going the same way as Smilodon or Eohippus. But there is some good news. The Impossible Project has started making film to feed these beauties again, so there's no better time to re-kindle your love affair. The new colour film is heading in a similar direction to the original SX-70 film, so one day the prodigal son of Edwin Land may return to us all.

Sunday, 1 August 2010

Testing testing.

Here are my personal favourites ^ from using The Impossible Project's PX70 so far. They don't all really contain colour, but - to me at least - all have something very beautiful about them. I'm camera-lickingly excited for the future of these materials if those industrious chaps holed up in Enschede keep on the way they have been. I hope you all show them support by buying their films and giving them feedback.

~~All these photos have been posted to Flickr and Polanoid so just click on them to find them.

However, i've also taken some shots with the PX70 that just don't do it for me . And 'cos i'm stupidly vain I won't be posting them on the web anywhere else, so keep on scrolling to see what I mean. They're a bit lifeless, lacking in contrast and colour, and most importantly weren't very good photos to begin with. I reckon good advice early on is take shots of colourful subjects in good natural light with a normal exposure (that may seem obvious, but it's the last thing I normally do). Keep an eye on how they change over time and do let me know how you get on with this stuff when you first use it, won't you.

Click on these photos to make them bigger.

And DON'T FORGET. Send in your best PX70 shot to TIP by August 16th and become an official tester of the next versions of the film.