Showing posts with label sx-70. Show all posts
Showing posts with label sx-70. Show all posts

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Poladarium 2013!

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I was lucky enough to have two of my Impossible Project SX-70 Polaroids included in the Poladarium 2013 calendar (see above). Its lovely seeing your photographs in print, the thrill never really wears off... it's one thing that makes all the film, cameras, patience & time involved in film photography very much worth it. Submissions for next year's Poladarium are opening soon, so keep an eye out if you shoot Polaroid! 

x
Mel

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

When the wind changes...

concrete wave

en line

en route
Polaroid SX-70 (Gold Frame Colour Shade 680)

Relocation. Most of us relocate at some point in their lives. I have several times. Through all the little Queensland towns I lived in as a child to high school in Toowoomba, moving to Brisbane after graduation, moving to London, moving to Melbourne. There is so much to be gained from experiencing new surroundings & cultures, but sometimes you do feel like you lose many things also.

After I returned from London and moved to Melbourne, I felt liberated & loved discovering a new city. I still love Melbourne, more than ever, but now so many of my friends have moved back from overseas & interstate to Brisbane, I feel like I am missing out. As much as I am in Brisbane quite regularly, a few times per year, it is barely enough time to see all my friends properly, so I have started just making small trips to see just one or two friends (& usually, my parents).

I know a few of my friends wish I would move back to Brisbane & I understand why, but at the same time, I feel like I've spent the last 6 years of my life uprooting myself from location to location. It's time I put a few roots down & I must say that's one of the hardest things to do when you're out of practice. I can't even commit to a mobile phone contract, let alone anything else.

A couple of my good Melbourne friends are moving to Sydney and Tasmania, one is moving back to her her home city & the other is moving for work. They are both moving for very good reasons... but I just don't feel like I have a "very good reason" to be moving away from Melbourne, I've only been here for a little over 2 years & it is only now, starting to feel like home.

If only ruby slippers were real, then all my amazing friends would be but a couple of heel clicks away.

x Mel

Sunday, March 4, 2012

NYC Guest Post: Elle - Everything Reminds Me of You



Like many girls, when I was in my late teens and early twenties, I dreamed about New York. It was literally a world away from the small town where I grew up in New Zealand. My fantasies were fuelled by classic movies like Breakfast at Tiffany’s and An Affair to Remember and television shows like Sex and the City and Friends. I spent years in love with a city I’d never visited. I told myself this was where I belonged.


Since I moved to London in 2006, New York is suddenly much more accessible. Just a six or seven hour flight. I feel extremely lucky that my job now takes me there a few times a year. I have just returned home yesterday from such a visit. I added on an extra day and half on to my trip to explore further, and of course, to take photos. The photos in this post were shot using my Polaroid Spectra camera with expired Polaroid Image Softtone film and my Polaroid SX-70 camera with Impossible PX70 Colour Shade film.


I spent an amazing day in Brooklyn – made even more enjoyable by the extremely well-curated City Scout guide produced by the lovely ladies behind the Studio Sweet Studio blog. I loved visiting the places they recommended. I like it when you can visit cities and see them through the eyes of the people who live there, rather than as a tourist.


Now that I’ve been to New York quite a few times…. I’m as much in love with the city as I always was. Possibly more. You see, newspaper columnists don't really have million dollar wardrobes and waitresses don't really live in huge lofts. As my early girl crush Carrie Bradshaw put it "No one has breakfast at Tiffany's, and no one has affairs to remember. Instead, we have breakfast at 7am and affairs we try to forget as quickly as possible." Sometimes, real life is even better.

Elle x
Everything Reminds Me of You

Friday, January 6, 2012

Golden Times with SX-70

bowls, bowing private <----
The Gus & Lene show gold frame Lene
gus & lene chillaxing my mother drawing
SX-70 with PX680 Color Shade Gold Edition & ND filter.

Over the Christmas holidays, I ventured to my home state of Queensland to spend time with my family & friends. Many photographs were taken, rolls of film developed when I returned to Melbourne & now I only have to finish the last few exposures on the films still in cameras.

One of the cameras I took to Brisbane was my newly acquired SX-70... this time with the new PX680 Colour Shade Gold Edition... I shot one pack of this film & am quite impressed with the results, 6 out of 8 exposures isn't bad at all.

While in Brisbane I enjoyed taking my parents & friends to the Matisse: Drawing Life exhibition at GOMA, they have a drawing room and cafe as you exit the exhibition with props & still life arrangements to draw & while away the day. I highly recommend it!

x Mel

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Love in the shape of SX-70.

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Unsensored 11

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I have wanted to get myself a Polaroid SX-70 for quite a while now, but the unreliability of the new Impossible Project film & the cost (& expiry) of old 600 Polaroid film put me off.

While I was at the hanging night of the Unsensored 11 exhibition I got chatting to the other members of the Melbourne Silver Mine Inc. & then suddenly I was agreeing to buy a SX-70!

I must say I think I will continue to have a love/hate relationship with the new Impossible Project film, but there is hope for instant film!

Also see Elle's excellent Polaroids from NYC!

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