I still clearly remember my first camera, it was a pink and grey Polaroid Cool Cam that I got for my birthday when I was eight years old. Shaking away while waiting for that first photo to develop was completely magical. I’m not the only one who has been enchanted by the possibilities of Polaroid, artists such as Andy Warhol and Ansel Adams have also seen the potential in that simple square frame.
The Impossible Project – Keeping Instant Film Alive
At a time when film production plants are closing all over the world, “The Impossible Project” has done what everyone thought was impossible, they re-invented and started producing instant film for the traditional Polaroid camera. You can check out The Impossible Project here as well as purchase film and take a look at their impressive collection of instant film artworks.
I’ve been coveting one of these plastic gems for a while now and during the holidays I finally got a chance to get my hands on the Diana Mini. With their trademark plastic lens they feel more like toys then cameras, but they sure can take some amazing photos (or ‘lomographs’ as lomography enthusiasts like to call them).
Film is Dead! Bring on the Pixels!
If you’re in the ‘film is dead’ camp and are in the mood to see some digital eye candy, may I introduce you to the Leica Special Edition M9 Titanium. This beauty is the lovechild of Leica and the prominent automobile designer, Walter de’Silva. This camera boasts one of the best 35mm lenses available and the body is constructed out of solid titanium. However, at £15 000 this one probably won’t be anybody’s first camera.