Instant Art Update: Odograms and My Trip to Space

In our last Nifty Thrifty post, we shared several Polaroid cameras we have thrifted recently, so it seemed like an appropriate time to post an art update of some instant photographs I have made over the past few months.

Recently, I have had the good fortune to find two Polaroid cameras that both had almost a full pack of film inside--one Spectra and one 600 series.  I've also been able to use the Fuji Instax Wide camera that I bought for the photography lab (at the school where I teach photo), and over the past several months I purchased (on Etsy) two Polaroid 100 series cameras that use the peel away film after one of my students informed me that Fuji was still producing color film for them.

I really enjoy the instant format for its unique imperfections and the novelty of the process, and as you can see, I have had a great deal of fun with each of the sizes and formats.

This is a window reflection I photographed with the Instax wide camera.  There is something so intriguing about photographed reflections--these images often portray depth both through and behind the surface that is doing the reflecting, which yields an overlapping of space similar to a multiple exposure (which is not possible with this kind of camera).

This is the first photo I took with my 100 series Polaroid camera using Fuji FP-100C film.  This photo shows the Schefflera plant in the front entryway of our apartment in the early morning sunlight.  FP-100C film looks great with contrasty lighting like this; I just have to convince myself that I shouldn't always take pictures in this kind of light, but I did just acquire a decent number of flash cubes, which should be a blast to use as well as help me branch out with this film.

This image, along with the following one, is a photograph of a screen saver taken with the Instax.  I really wanted to emulate what taking a photograph from inside a space ship might be like.  The reflection of the glass acts as my window, and the intensity of the flash's reflection just at the edge of the planet looks like a sun to me (although Julia thought it looked like a crazy UFO satellite thing).

Instant film, due to it's seemingly accurate and "truthful" hardcopy format, has an amazing ability to deceive.  In this image, rather than leaving the flash unobstructed, I covered it with my hand.  By doing this my hand was illuminated by the flash, which you can see on the right hand side of the planetary horizon.

Perhaps I should continue this project?  Let me know your thoughts!


Here is a small selection of the instant photos I have taken of Odo, our dog.

This is an instax photo of Odo.  I just love the colors and contrast of Fuji's Instax film, and this is an excellent example.  Doesn't Odo look pretty silly in this?  I love the carabiner hanging off of his collar.  Too cute!

This is a Polaroid 100 photo of Odo using Fuji FP-100C film.  Remember how I just said how much I love Fuji's Instax film... yeah, I like this even more.  This film is a bit more technically challenging, but OMG is it pretty.  Julia thinks this one should be called "Ghost Dog," but I just can't get past Jim Jarmusch film reference.

This is a 600 format Polaroid image of Odo taken with expired Polaroid film.  As you can probably tell by now, I am a sucker for novelty, and there is nothing more novel than expired Polaroid film.  This film can often be exciting due to the chemical changes that can occur over time.  The streaking and the undeveloped areas at the top of the frame are caused by old and crystalized chemicals.  I can't get enough of this--especially the kind of fingering that appears at the top left of this image.  Sometimes imperfections make an image special, and I'm always willing to gamble on a happy accident!

And this is also an Instax photo of Odo taken in the photo lab.  Doesn't he look adorable against the concrete floor?  He was only about five months old in this picture, and he's done quite a bit of growing since then, but I will always have this picture to remind me.

I totally recommend getting instant cameras for yourself and your family for just this reason.  I love digital too, but there is something much more human about a one of a kind hardcopy original as opposed to a bunch of digital information.

Well, that's all for now... we hope you enjoyed this small selection of images!  We are looking forward to a snowy long weekend at the Farm with some friends, but we'll be sure (hopefully!) to find a moment to post the Nifty Thrifty on Sunday!

1 comment:

  1. I have a big weakness for instant film and would love to see you continue to work on this project!


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