20.4.10

Mission Soft Focus in Polaroid Dreams

I was so excited when Hiro went digging through his boxes of stuff and dragged out and old Polaroid 600 Extreme! I love my lil' Fujifilm Instax but this is a goody from the old school and if you know me, well then you know I cannot resist.

Hiro and I took the Polaroid along on a long and winding walk on Saturday.
We walked through one of our favourite parks in London, Abney Park Cemetery which is a funny old place! There lays graves dating back hundreds of years besides families having picnics and old people strolling through the grass.

Anyway it seemed like a good place to stop and take a test shot!
I will sleep when I am dead.


Test shot 2 was taken on Sunday when I felt like making a paper crown!
Why not! Everyone can crown themselves Queen for a day.

It's an exciting feeling when you hear the Polaroid chugging away to push out the photo.
It brought back all sorts of memories of happy days gone by and I think that this format serves a whopper for my hunger to produce dream like images.
I had to add this wonderful poem to this post!
Thank you "Speckled Hen" for this dulcet ballad.
You really have made this Old Cow, jump over the moon.xxx

I once had a polaroid..
Now I become paranoid....
Seeing a modern angel lying in the cemetery..
Inspector Clouseau please come and solve the mystry..

Up into the cherry tree
Who should climb but little me?
I held the polaroid with both my hands
And looked beyond the bury lands

I saw the the beautiful angel lie,
Adorned with flowers before my eye,
And many secret places more
That I have never seen before.

I saw a dimpling stream pass..
And people were busy passing the grass...
The dusty roads go up and down
With people tramping in to town.

If I could find a higher tree
Farther and farther I should see,

To where the roads on either hand
Lead onward into the fairy land,
Where the old cow dines at five,
And where all the playthings come alive...

Clik...clunk...chunk...

xx

So about this contraption.
Built like a brick and just as solid.
Can you believe this is over 10 years old and still works perfectly?

A note to the Smart Alecs

I am sure that I will get a few readers with poised fingers itching to tell me that Polaroid is over and done with! Gone are the days of instant pics a la Polaroid 600!!

NOT SO!!!

Have you heard? Lady Gaga was appointed a don of creatives for Polaroid earlier this year. In January, the brand unveiled plans for a new product line in Vegas. This will include a new and updated version on the OneStep camera and of course means the re release of instant film!!!

I am sure that the new camera will be rocket powered contemporary brilliance but that just ain't how this Old Cow rolls! So I shall stick to my bulky weapon of choice and relish in the fact that I will be able to buy film readily and freely once again.

My advice? Go grab and oldy but a goody before the hype reaches its climax!


The Impossible Project

In the meantime I have found my way to getting a few packs of the PX600 Silver Shade Monochrome instant film from the bright sparks at The Impossible Project. I believe that this will be the 1st time that 600 instant film will be available in this shade and thus I extent my biggest hand shake to all involved in making this a reality for happy snappers like me.

Photo from Impossble website.

What's more, they aim to bring out a colour film in a few months time!!
OH Happy Day!

x

I am certain that this will add a new dimension to my Mission Soft Focus.

21 comments:

  1. I love polaroid dreams. Who doesn't? The Cemetery is indeed a good old place. To feel the soul of those dead and gone is something quite profound might I add. Love that image of you streched out amongst the graves. There is something ancient about polaroids which I, for, one adore! xx

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  2. i don't think anyone will say polaroids are old because theres a fun feeling to them. I've always wanted one, but all we have are old old cameras that aren't polaroids, but still cool. and your photos are beautiful as always. the first reminds me of the lady of shallot, just you're not on a river.

    I'll try send you a sneaky peeky picture of my dad's collection. =D

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  3. u already know how i feel about this
    i think its BRILLANT

    i wanna talk to you about something related [old] yet unrelated.
    GOCCO! lets chat abt that soon!

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  4. Haha, love the crown! You've inspired me to go and look for my old Polaroid, it's like your one but silver and perhaps even chunkier :/

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  5. YES lets go shopping together! When we meet in japan, one day. :D i lv polaroids and still want one! have this diana but havent even opened it yet hmhm no time!

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  6. I love Polaroids...sooo atmospheric!

    Great pics!

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  7. i miss the polaroids cameras! i'm so sad that they don't make them anymoree! : (

    don't forget to enter my first giveaway for amazing prizes:
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  8. yay! Polaroids rock! there is a free program called Polaroid (i think) that lets you simulate Polaroids with digital photos.

    check it out!

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  9. I once had a polaroid..
    Now I become paranoid....
    Seeing a modern angel lying in the cemetery..
    Inspector Clouseau please come and solve the mystry..

    Up into the cherry tree
    Who should climb but little me?
    I held the polaroid with both my hands
    And looked beyond the bury lands

    I saw the the beautiful angel lie,
    Adorned with flowers before my eye,
    And many secret places more
    That I have never seen before.

    I saw a dimpling stream pass..
    And people were busy passing the grass...
    The dusty roads go up and down
    With people tramping in to town.

    If I could find a higher tree
    Farther and farther I should see,

    To where the roads on either hand
    Lead onward into the fairy land,
    Where the old cow dines at five,
    And where all the playthings come alive...

    Clik...clunk...chunk...

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  10. Yasumi you are just too cool. I checked out that lomo website and I am in love...ive seen a hello kitty fujifilm im gonna buy then a diana (with flash??) still need some advice about that and the other tings I may need to purchase ave my fujifilm.

    SO excited you have renewed in me a key interest in photography and I absolutely LOVE these posts.

    BIG love

    x

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  11. Sweet pics! I really wish polaroids were still around...

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  12. I love the poem, Speckled Hen!!

    The polaroid pictures are gorgeous - they somehow have an etheral quality that you don`t seem to get in digital or even regular film... maybe it is the lighting! The picture of you laying down is straight out of a fairy tale... love it :)

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  13. thats an amazing poem
    gocco talk!!

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  14. I love your photography! And btw thanks for addings our blog to your blogroll! Very much appreciated!

    xoxo Jolie

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  15. I heard that news about Polaroid film! I'm fairly certain that my mom got rid of her cam in her most recent move, but the SO's mom is looking for hers to give to us! Yay!!!

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  16. We still have a polaroid, I love it. There is something so magical about watching the image appear. I love that first shot too, unfortunately I am nowhere near as elegant as Speckled Hen in expressing that sentiment :)

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  17. I've always be attracted to Polaroid photos...

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  18. ive been tempted to buy an updated instant camera but i remember buying a mini version yrs ago and unsurprisingly, i ended up neglecting it. anyway great pics, i do like the vintage feel of it.

    button?? okie ill shoot you an email with it :) thanks!

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  19. i love the photo of you wearing the paper crown! now i definitely have to search for my polaroid camera at my parents house...the photos have such a lovely vintage feel to them :)

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  20. You are so beautiful!! I love poloroid shots :))

    Love,
    Aya ( strawberrykoi.blogspot.com )

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  21. gorgeous gorgeous! i really want to get myself a polaroid camera as well. maybe even take out my 4x5 camera and snap some shots :P though it's definitely more work. but, hey. worth it in the end, no?

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