ancient greek queen
thankyou for your love
i will miss you always
by agrippina maior
On Saturday I went and saw the amazing film Journal de France, which was on as part of the Melbourne International Film Festival. I was so to shoot both by it and being around some fellow polaroid photographers.
So I took some polas.
With mixed results.
This is what happens when you get integral film stuck in an sx70 and then proceed to try to rip it out but can’t, then someone else manages too!
Hehe … i kinda like it though!
one day last year i was randomly walking along smith street and saw this cool photography exhibition in collingwood gallery … hmmm i thought … photography … and even better film photography. this was something i’d been pouring my heart and soul into for a while and i was uber excited to see a whole exhibition dedicated to it.
the talent of these folks blew me away. and the rest is history … i joined melbourne silver mine … started meeting a few of these fab people and started exhibiting with them.
just over a year later i’m exhibiting in the same exhibition that drew me in to the fold. i’ll be exhibiting a polyptych of images shot with my polaroid sx70 on impossible project’s px100 film (they won’t have the black border … just makes it easier to see against the white background on the blog but it will be framed).
come and check it out! if you can’t get to the opening on friday 25 november please come at some point during the exhibition. full details to be found at the website linked above. most of the works are for sale (including mine!) and you too could have some fabulousness for your own wall/s courtesy of the melbourne silver mine’s talented cohorts.
props to all involved and the hardworking committee members and the other peeps that make this happen!
probably a title that has no doubt been used many times. but it is so right for expressing me at the moment.
writing writing writing
writing my thesis
writing for the museum
writing for my research assistant work
writing my blog … when i need a break from academic writing
i don’t think i would technically call myself a writer, therefore i must qualify that i have also been
booking ( international flights!)
life is full and good …
but i will really enjoy that holiday when it comes
the other day chris brought me in a little collection of flowers from my garden. i thought it was high time i cracked open the impossible project px600 silver shade poor pod film i had stashed in the fridge.
you are supposed to use a filter with 600 film in an sx70. i couldn’t find mine so i just tried it anyways … maybe a wee bit overexposed but i was very happy with the results!
i’ve been completely blessed with impossible project film. i guess it’s kind of tricky but i’ve almost always been happy with the results. so they’re not perfect but i’ve never been devastatingly disappointed or shot a whole pack that comes out blank. i do follow the suggestions for shielding them from light and such that i read in the forums but i’m certainly not precious about it all.
guess i’ve just been lucky.
my only disappointment? the poor pods have not yet yielded any of the faulty gorgeousness for which they held such promise. but hey, i’ve got 11 packs left.
surely it is only a polaroid photographer that could be disappointed that their film was not faulty!
ps it’s chris’s birthday today. he got the original of these as part of his present. a little return gift to say thanks for the lovely flowers. x
that if you have a football team you are surely, at least becoming, melburnian. i never thought it would happen to me. born in brisbane, as a teenager i enthusiastically followed the nrl on tv when the broncos or queensland were playing and still scream at the tv when state of origin is on. but i never ever felt the compulsion to attend a game.
living in sydney for 8 years i was still a die hard queensland supporter but said that the south sydney rabbitohs were my team. but that was more of a tribal sydney suburb thing rather than a sports fan thing as, again, i never went to a game and didn’t even watch one on telly.
i saw one or two afl games in my time, including the thrilling lions vs essendon grand final in 2001 at some pub in the heart of fitzroy. but then i went back home and never looked at afl again.
two years ago i moved to melbourne. my boyfriend’s family are carlton supporters (except for one who inexplicably barracks for north melbourne). and so i went along with them to a game at the mcg on freezing winter’s night last year.
now i have carlton socks …
a carlton scarf (official – not $2 shop) …
i’m about to get a carlton jacket …
i know the words to the carlton song …
sorry lions … i don’t know how it happened.
we are the
mighty navy blues …
We are the Navy Blues,
We are the old dark Navy Blues,
We’re the team that never lets you down,
We’re the only team old Carlton knows,
With all the champions they like to send us,
We’ll keep our end up.
And they will know that they’ve been playing
Against the famous old dark Blues
this is my third winter living in melbourne and this year was the first one where i didn’t spend the whole three months griping about how much i hated the cold and dark (i did a little bit but not the whole time). the first two winters i found majorly depressing. this year i’ve quite enjoyed it and think either winter here was warmer, or i’m acclimatising. i’m rediscovering my love of melbourne winters engendered by 17 years of visiting my aunt here in winter – at a time i lived in sunnier climes and though wearing winter coats and boots was the best!
chris and i did couple things on a lovely melbourne winter’s day a few weeks ago (sounds like an oxymoron i know!) we explored south melbourne and ate chinese, and walked around the domain and botanic gardens – places i sadly have not been for years. it was lovely and romantic. it was also fun romping around on the stage at the myer music bowl. i can’t believe they just let you do that!
the afternoon winter light was gorgeous in the domain and it was perfect for some pola shots. i feel like the pinkness of the px70 push was just perfect for capturing the cold southern winter light and the beautiful shadows it produces, even early in the afternoon.
it’s been a long time, been a long time
been a long lonely, lonely, lonely, lonely, lonely time
yes, it has
i’ve sorrowfully neglected you dear readers! but i’ve been busily doing other things! like recovering from a bike accident, spending time with my parents, getting accepted into a phd, going to a conference in launceston, reading novels, doing kung fu and having a break before starting said phd on monday (and many other things). i’ve taken some photos – a few rolls here and there, which will probably get developed in the next year or so.
i’ve had some fun with the px70 push that was sitting in my fridge for months! i really like the results of the film. i don’t find it that tricky but you do need to love the pink. i think that if it was warmer it would be less pink but it’s pretty cold here this time of year. hope you like these six that i’ve shot over the last month on lovely crisp clear melbourne days.
so i actually should be finishing my phd proposal. but posting some more of my px100 experiments seems like a much more satisfactory way to spend a cold melbourne night while half watching the the carlton/melbourne afl game.
the top two are from my first pack. the bottom two from my second. i was going to detail where the wheel was set, blah blah, but really, due to the dodgy shutter, exposure times varied. so really all these px100 shots are in the hands of the gods! but i really don’t mind that. it’s really why i love polaroid photography. the mystery, the random results, the excitement of seeing what turns (or doesn’t) turn out. & with these new impossible films the frisson of the polaroid magic is even more exciting. so all of you out there who haven’t tried it or haven’t had the greatest success, go for it! there’s magic even in the shots that are less than perfect. looking forward to showing you more of my experiments …
ps thanks to the lovely amanda for tweet support encouraging my procrastination tonight.
i declared my sx70 broken a while ago. but thankfully it’s not. it’s just being curmudgeonly and the shutter is staying open for several seconds when i press the button. it’s not the same amount of seconds though. no. sometimes it’s one or two or three or sometimes (but not very often) it acts completely normally.
frank, the awesome impossible project camera doctor, has been trying to help me fix it via email from across the world but i still need to fiddle a bit more. i recently hurt my shoulder so fiddling with a polaroid or even taking photos difficult.
but there is a plus side to all this.
this little fella was my test subject for getting the light right. it’s a bit hard due to the unpredictability of the shutter speed but i’m liking this version best out of the five shots of him. it was actually the first shot and i would prefer a little more contrast in the white so i kept experimenting. but i wasn’t not able to get it any more contrasty than this.
when it’s easier for me to type & control photoshop (ie with two hands) i’ll post the various images of my little owl that i did while practising.
i really really really like it. i will definitely be buying more. very soon in fact as i’ve used two of three packs already!
oh in case you are wondering, my owl is my pen/brush/scalpel holder in my studio.
he’s from have you met miss jones. i want one of everything!