Summer in Instant: Part 1

I’ll admit I have primarily been taking photos with my Fujifilm Instax camera this summer. I don’t why but anytime I go to pick up a film camera before leaving the house it’s always instant. I also haven’t been taking as many photographs as I did last summer even though the weather has been wonderful the last few weeks. Although that’s about to change as I’m going on a road trip today to visit a friend in Ontario and then when I get back in town my good friend is visiting from Vancouver. So I may just end up taking an obscene number of photos over the next few days (I hope my friends are ready). Road trips are the best and the worst for me because it’s so exciting being able to take photos of things outside of Montreal and friends who don’t live in town (which is 90% of my friends). The bad side is deciding which cameras to bring. Thankfully for this trip I’m driving up with my friend Zara in her car so I can really pack as many cameras I want and don’t have to worry about lugging them around too much. I’ll be sure to share photos from that trip over the next few weeks. We are hoping to swim in a random lake we find on our way into Peterborough – so that should be an adventure. These photos are from a few week’s ago when me and Zara went to pick blueberries at a farm outside of Montreal. Nom nom…

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Vintage Tuesday: Montreal in the 1940s “Part II”

vintage photography montreal (16)Montreal in the 1940s is back again this week because I am just so in love with these photographs and want to share as much of them as possible with the world. I think I’ll probably keep the rest for later on in the year but for now I wanted to share the ones I’ve complied as the ‘dam and bridge’ ones. I think the family must have lived right beside this bridge or near the dam because they have a lot of photos taken there and most of them you can tell by the changing outfits that they were taken at various times and not just from one day. It’s hard to tell as well if the dam actually flows into the same stream the bridge is going over. It’s really a mystery and I feel like I’ve actually seen this bridge before which makes me even more curious. I absolutely love these photographs and wish I knew more about this family. When I first went through them I thought the photos probably covered years of this families life but now I’ve changed my opinion and decided they were probably wealthy and actually took photos more often than most people did in the 1940’s because it’s mostly photos of the younger 20ish looking boys and girls posing in front of various things and being silly or fashionable. Let me know what you think in the comments!

If you missed my last post about this collection of vintage photographs, check it out here!

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Oktomat in New York

Oktomat (45)Oktomat (57)Oktomat (17)Oktomat (27)Oktomat (23)Oktomat (26)Oktomat (32)Oktomat (40)Oktomat (85)Oktomat (69)I really should rescan these negatives, they are from back in the day before I scanned my own negatives and man the resolution is just terrible on the store scans. Wanted to finished off my collection of film photography so I can force myself to finish developing the 10 rolls I have in my fridge. Seriously I think I film in there from 2011. My color film chemicals haven’t seen the light of day becuase I am so worried about not being able to maintain the correct developing tempature. So instead I am clearing out all my lomography photography that I haven’t shared in the hopes when I run out (will it work?). If you haven’t guessed by the title all of the Oktomat shots are from a trip to New York. I went just after I had been in Montreal for the first year back in 2010 with my friend Zara was in town visiting her uncle. The trip ruined my chances of visiting often by spoiling me. Instead of a hotel or hostel we stayed at her uncle’s amazing apartment that was right by Central Park in the Upper West Side of Mahatten and the idea of staying in a stetchy hostel now seems just not worth it. Every year I want to visit New York again becuase we didn’t get a chance to view Coney Island and other parts of New York I wanted to explore…then I remember the beautiful apartment with the rooftop terrace and what awful or expensive hotel I’d have to put up with. Airbnb has some really neat house rentals though I’d be tempted to try out if I could convince someone to go roadtripping with me. The last three shots are from the Greyhound’s brief stop in Albany, if you want to check out more I shared more from the trip on a post last year, here!

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Vintage Tuesday: The Lost Apple Picking Polaroids

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Okay so the title is a little bit of an extreme but these polaroids definitely had a long journey from being taken to being scanned onto my computer. Mostly because I decided to sleep for 2 hours before getting up super early to go apple picking with Zara and Victor and was a lacking in the brain power to basically function. No only did I manage to lose one of my bag straps (that closes my camera bag) and my triceratops brooch from Hungry Designs….I forgot all the polaroids in Zara’s car. We don’t see each other much so let’s just say it was probably 4 months before I saw them again. Lol. Much to my dismay since these are probably the best instant shots I’ve taken in the last year. I’ve had them for a while but it felt weird sharing photos of sunny skies when it was -30 outside and snowing. A little late is always better than never (that’s my photography slogan by now I think). All of these were taken on a sunny late October day that looked like it would rain at any moment. We walked through a wonderful apple orchard in D’Oka picking apples and eatting them too (until we felt sick). It was a lot of fun and we ended up with a haul of apples and even pumpkins in the end. We also got to pet goats they had there too, that was probably my favourite part! I share some none instant photos of this day back in November so check them out here is you want to more.

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Oktomat: Zara in Wonderland

Oktomat (63)Zara in Wonderland is back, this time with some oldies from our New York trip taken in 2010 using the Oktomat. It’s strange looking back because for me it doesn’t seem that long ago at all. I guess I am getting old when the years just start to blend together. It was a fun trip and I love these sequences shots. It would be so much better if the Oktomat was actually capable of doing proper sequence shots, I would still be using this camera if it functioned properly. For now though it’s one of my permanent on the shelf cameras that I get nostalgic about but not enough to actually deal with its bullshit.  I haven’t done a photo shoot with Zara in forever, she’s always fun to shoot with because she is always so willing to poise for me and do weird things. We tend to butt heads a lot though when we are on vacation together. Not pictured is us having hissy fits at each other because we refuse to listen to each other and are both very stubborn. Perhaps I shall see if she’s done for another photo shoot soon.  Lol.

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Polaroids: Graffiti & the Abandoned Building

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On Saturday I tagged along with Starchild Stela (check out her blog) as she worked on a Jem and the Holograms piece. I brought with me my Polaroid Super Shooter Plus to capture some instant shots since I haven’t had a proper chance to test it out since picking it up last month . I’ve been so bored of the snow and there wasn’t much happening in March to get excited about and document. I am beyond in love with my new camera though. It’s pretty much identical to my Colorpack IV except it doesn’t have the distance dial (which I do actually miss quite a bit as my sense of distant is abysmal) and it comes with rollers. I love the rollers instead of however you explained the Colorpack’s way of spitting out film. So much smoother – no jams at all in the 2 packs of film I shot on Saturday. The rollers are so much more satisfying when pulling on the film as well.I dare say it’ll be my go to instant camera from now on. I’ll hold off on the full review until I’ve had a chance to use it a whole bunch though. Excited for when shooting will not be so tricky, since it is still cold here I had to walk around with the cold clip under my armpit every time I took a shot to keep it warm. I also had a plastic bag on the ground with all the film scattered on it trying to dry – looked quiet the sight to say the least. I brought with me my Nikon as well so there will be more shots over the next few weeks in various posts of Saturday but I just had to share the Polaroids right away.

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Double Exposure: Polaroids

double exposure (5) double exposure (2)double exposure (3)double exposure (1)A few double exposure using instant film taken with my Polaroid Colorpack back in February. Ever since I discovered my Polaroid was able to do multiple exposures without any modification I’ve been playing with it ever since. Most of these were taken while randomly walking around Montreal (above) and Toronto (below) to test it out. I’m still trying to see what combinations work really well and right now am waiting for the winter to be over because I am so bored of the snow. My head is filled with so many ideas; instant film is so gratifying like that. I need more practice though since most of these are misses (fun misses but misses none the less). Taking double exposures with instant film is different than what I am use to with a digital camera so I don’t except to really taking anything amazing for the start but I think it’ll be really neat to figure out (too bad the film is very expensive or I’d be practicing every day).  If you know anyone who takes double exposures with Polaroid, let me know as I’m fascinated by them!

 

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Toronto Polaroids

slides162My Toronto trip was too short, I already miss it. I never seem to be there long enough to get tired of it. I brought with me 3 packs of Fujifilm instant color film to take shots with my Polaroid Colorpack III and managed to use them all despite being there for only 3 days. I’ve been feeling lately that I really need to branch out and start spending more time with my other non-Polaroid cameras. I have been posting almost non-stop Polaroid content for Vintage Tuesday for the last 3 months, I even bought a new Polaroid camera last month that I am just dying to use (a Polaroid Super Shooter Plus). I think my wallet will thank me if I ease up on the instant photography. It’s just so fun though and instant photography is so tricky so experimenting is a must. I’ve even been thinking about getting a newer instant camera from the Fujifilm Instax Mini series but the one I want that allows for the most manual functions is just shy of $200 and I don’t really have that type of money to invest in another camera where the film is pricey. Regardless though I need to start spending more time with my other cameras. I do have a few shots taken using the viewfinder of the Kodak Duaflex coming up in 2 week and then it will temporarily back to Polaroid as I will be reviewing Flashcubes for Polaroid cameras at the end of March but I promise more diversity in the spring! I’m taking a lot of photos with 620 film cameras but I need some time to develop it at home so hopefully I get to my mountain of film to develop in March. For now some polaroids taken during my trip to Toronto…

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Winter Polaroids

polaroid instant film (1) polaroid instant film (2) polaroid instant film (3) polaroid instant film (4) polaroid instant film (5)In January I started exploring doing double exposures with my Polaroid Colorpack and took a few shots from the area around my work in downtown. I love the juxtaposition of the trees with the statues and buildings of the downtown core and the subtle hints of color in the otherwise white color scheme. I’m excited about the exploration of double exposures within instant photography and cannot wait for more opportunism to try it out with different subject matter. It’s thrilling being able to try new things. It makes it just that much harder the idea that Fujifilm will probably soon stop making pack film completely. With the black and white FP-3000B discontinued I don’t have much hope in Fujifilm continuing making the colored version much longer. Film photography is really important to me and it’d be shame to have Polaroid cameras become just relics.  Below is my first double exposure I took with the Colorpack, it is just my balcony but I hope it’s the start of something.

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2014 Lomography Project: 100 Strangers / People & Places

For the new year I really wanted to push myself even further than my 365 Challenge and find a great way to incorporate my sense of adventure into my film and lomography photography. So I had a look around online for project similar to the 365 Project and found two that I just absolutely fell in love with. So I decided to take the leap and start them in the beginning of the year so I can see how far I’ve come by the time 2015 hits. Below I’ll briefly explain the projects and show you where I got the inspiration from in case you want to look into starting one of your own. Projects like the 365 and these are a great way to play around with your film photography and get practice with spefic cameras instead of waiting around for a party or a summer day to dig it up. Below I will explain each one and where I got the inspiration from in case you want to join me!

100 Strangers

100 Strangers is exactly what it sounds like, take 100 portrait photos of 100 separate people that you’ve never spoke to or met before. Scary sounding, right? The idea of walking up to strangers doesn’t scare me that much even though I am a super anxious person and usually avoid it but I think actually doing it will be really tough. However combining it with silly film cameras and I think it’d probably be a bit of fun, people are always staring at me when I take photos with my vintage and toy cameras anyways so I may as well talk to them…right? Okay I haven’t started yet and it’s almost the end of January – better get moving. This one will be film and digital but I am hoping to capture most of my strangers on film. I will be sharing this one probably 4 random points in the year to update you on how many strangers I’ve captured.

Inspiration: I found out about this in a lot of different blogs as an alternative to 365 projects and thought right away was intrigued. There are plenty of groups on Flickr for it and it’s easy to find people amazing 100 Strangers projects. The only blog I read was this one and it was great read and informative. Some really amazing photographer do this project so I am excited to try it out. My own twist is doing it with film and with a variety of cameras which should make it interesting.

People & Places

People and Places is also again exactly what it sounds like. I found this project while looking up information about double exposure….I never actually thought of rewinding film before to make double exposures. How did this not occur to me? I mean I am sure in my high school photo class I was taught about this method but honestly I’ve always had a toy camera or a digital camera that was capable of double exposures so I am so use to that.  Rewinding film and exposing it all over again is an amazing idea. There are so many possibilities this opens up, like sending the roll to a friend to expose again or even sending it to a stranger. With this in mind I thought I need limitation, but rerolling film and double exposing it again was the main idea. So if I only shoot places so it’s easier to get through the film and then perhaps on the rerolled film shoot only people, that way I can play around with different cameras and maybe add even more random elements to the equation while still guaranteeing a likely successful photos (people against nature or buildings usually make for the best double exposures). I hope to do at least 1 roll a month but I don’t know if I can hold myself to that so we will see how it goes. The best thing is I can do this at the same time as my 100 strangers.

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Well as soon I had my eyes opened to double exposing the same roll of film I found this amazing tumbler called People vs. Places where one photographer takes photos of only people and then sends the film to his colleague who then double exposes the film shooting only places. Their work sometimes ends with such beautiful results!

 

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