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Analog Love: Low-Tech Camera Revolution

Polaroid photo

Polaroid Fashion Photography by Fernanda Montoro

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.

Polaroid portraits

Warhol Polaroid Series via youmightfindyourself

Polaroid-nspired fashion accessory

via craftyfolk

You Can’t take pictures with it but isn’t this camera brooch by craftfolk the sweetest? The boxy little Polaroid camera has become an iconic figure of pop culture inspiring, books, designer scarves and a whole legion of fans.

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.

via the Impossible Project

Lomography

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).

Diana+ mini lomo camera

The Diana Mini with Flash image via design milk

Beach lomography

image by emma jane nation

Lomography

image via lomography.com

Lomography

Lomowall by MrLomo

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.

Leica Special Edition M9 Titanium

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Toasters, Technology’s Not Done With You

Our toaster cacked this weekend. I don’t know what’s going on – we’re not huge toasters of bread yet strangely we’ve had poor luck with toasters, this being the second that’s died in as many years. So I got online to look for a replacement.

Here are the unproductive but entertaining fruits of such a Google expedition. Note some of these are in “concept” phase, and thus not THE gift for the notoriously hard to purchase for this holiday season.

Blue retro toaster

For you nostalgic car fans, this toaster was to honour Ford Thunderbird’s fiftieth anniversary (2005). Cool retro design! Stunning colour! Weird way to pay homage! To check out the full line of Thunderbird appliances, click here.

A handheld toasterThis beauty looks like a giant butter knife, but in actuality is a toasting wand. Spread it across your bread and like magic it’s toasted (less magical, toasted fingers). Nice to be able to lay thine eyes on the bread to ensure perfect browning, rather than the usual burning/smoking that happens all too often. Designer/Inventor Kim Been is the brains behind the Portable Toaster, in concept phase today, department store tomorrow?

There’s a place online called Evil Mad Scientist Laboritories that I need to put my dad in touch with. Their lab- layman term blog- is a family affair (the young son is a contributing writer) and is sort of a DIY inventors’ dreamworld. Example: this is a printer attached to a hot air gun that toasts images onto your bread. Other inventions include – well go check out the site, because honestly words fail to describe some of the incredible ingenuity found here.

Car-inspired chrome-finishedThis is Bugatti’s super sleek Volo toaster (again with the car-toaster mash-up). Worlds-luxury-guide.com calls it a technological masterstroke, but surely that’s because they missed the McGuyvered toaster above. Still it is beautiful and boasts the ability to defrost food for perfect toasting, rewarms cold toast without retoasting it, and gently browns one side of your bagel while toasting the other. According to myth, some people never use theirs, it’s just too pretty. Sound like the story of your life? Retails for about $350.

Toaster that creates a Darth Vader design on the toast“Toast your bread, it will. But black with the force of the dark side will it be…”

I think we’ll go for one of these beauties. Bodum you’ve only ever done right by my family:

A pyramid of different colored toasters