The Polaroids of Sybille Bergemann manage to transform everything into a land of dream and fairy tale like characters. Or as Sybille would put it: “It’s the fringes of the world that interest me, not its centre.”

A fascinating display of dream like landscapes, pieces of empty furniture, or portraits of characters one would imagine are coming straight from the circus, all can be found in Sibylle’s Polaroids. Living in former East Berlin, behind the Iron Curtain which split the communist world from the capitalist one, you could imagine bleak images, or maybe black and white photography from Russian made cameras coming from that era. Polaroid SX-70 camera and film is a powerful symbol of America, and of its capitalist market, and so it was unlikely to be used to create instant images in a former communist country. But the combination works and we are left with a legacy of colour saturated instant photos, that show both the imagination that can sprung when life is not cluttered by all the commodities that surround us now, and the powerful legacy of the instant film over the years.

The washed out colours and deep beauty of her Polaroids evoke a romantic world, in which you could get lost forever, and underline what a great photographic medium instant photography was and is to help you materialize dream like worlds.

Will leave you with some of her photos, great and unique objects in themselves.

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There is also a small and great book called Sybille Bergemann – The Polaroids, showed page by page in below video:

And some great website links:

Aesthetica Magazine

GUP Magazine

ARTslant


Polaroid Kidd is one of those great examples when the instant camera was used according to its true meaning, to capture an instant fleeing moment and imprint it on one of a kind object, a relic that can be treasured lately.

This guy, Mike Brodie aka the Polaroid Kidd, decided to hop trains and travel all across the United States, with a community of hobos, strong personalities with distinct features and ragged clothes. He captured their portraits and their loved objects on Polaroid film, the rusted but strong palette of colours of the film managing to underline their life on the road, when things get dusted and battered, hair gets messy and clothes are matched in crazy, but distinctive patterns.

Object are part of our life, and we tend to give them connotations, tie them to our loved ones, or just to fleeting moments in life. We love objects and their meaning, and we also love how they are connected with the characters of Mike’s Polaroids.

The photos shown below were taken and saved from the Polaroid Kidd blog/website, when it was open. We were fascinated by it, but it is now closed, although you can check Mike’s website in which the same journey is captured, albeit not on the great Time Zero Polaroid film. There are also books, here, please check them out. What is even more fascinating is the Polaroid Kidd decided to drop photography altogether and to work as locomotive mechanic, a great continuation of his youth crazy experience of jumping trains.

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Some great interviews and articles with him below:

Framework in Los Angeles Times

KQED News


From the vaults of BBC Iplayer, a favourite of ours, we discovered the Black Balloon, a touching Australian movie about dealing with being a teenager, having an autistic brother, and falling in love. Plus having a pregnant mother. It sounds like too much in one plot line, but actually everything is pieced together nicely, and the movie flows like the summer days, punctuated by violent storms.

Besides the good and natural story line, the good performances of the cast, and the touching subject, the film is set in the 80’s and has a great display of retro cool stuff, which we couldn’t help but notice.

* Chopper bicycle, assorted with cool pink helmet

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* Mighty SNES, smashed in a crazy scene

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* And the mighty 80’s shorts, in different colours

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A great indie feature, equally funny and moving, and full of summer warmth. Highly recommended.

 


Just because autumn in its full glory is here, with rain, wind and fallen leaves, it doesn’t mean we cannot have fun, explore, play, and create.

No matter the age, embrace your family and friends, and spend memorable time with them!

And always carry in your heart that song that will inspire you and raise goose bumps…


A camera born in 1982, who could well have been branded by Andy Warhol himself, taking into consideration the array of bright powerful colours in came in: red, blue, yellow, green, khaki, pink and even the normal white, metallic silver and black. But it seems that the POP name comes just from the pop-up flash. That’s good enough, but why not dream as well…as per below photo of Warhol with Konica C35, a predecessor, and with a classic Polaroid SX-70, another darling of ours (soon a post about it as well, stay tuned).

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A success when launched, Konica Pop sold about 1,5 million camera, and was reissued in 1985, but without the Hexanon name on lens. Find your lovely red Konica Pop in our shop, coming in a great combo with purse and photo album.

Bright, catchy, fun and brilliant, Konica Pop will sure be a conversation starter and great way to sun up your day.

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Find a great and enthusiastic review of the camera here: http://www.lomography.com/magazine/reviews/2011/07/05/konica-pop-the-ikonic-a-colour-machine

And some technical details for those of you a bit more geeky (taken from here: http://saturatedimagery.co.uk/cameras/konica-pop/):

Shutter: Behind the lens leaf shutter, fixed speed at 1/125s.

Lens: 36mm Hexanon. 4 elements in 4 groups. Fixed focus at a focal point of 9.2ft (2.8m). Camera to subject distance 5ft (1.5m) to infinity*.

Aperture: Automatically switched – f/4, f/5.6, f/8, f/11, f/16. At ISO 100 – f/8 ordinary mode, f/4 flash mode, f/8 flash close up mode. At ISO 200 – f/11 ordinary mode, f/5.6 flash mode, f/11 flash close up mode. At ISO 400 – f/16 ordinary mode, f/8 flash mode, f/16 flash close up mode.

Film Speed: Set using Aperture – ISO 100, ISO 200, ISO 400.

Viewfinder: Brightline viwfinder with parallax compensation marks (5ft, 1.5m) 0.46x magnification. Low light indicator in viewfinder.

Flash: Pop-up Electronic Flash, camera to subject distance 6.6-16ft (2-5m). Close distance compensation distance button for 5ft (1.5m). GN 14m at ISO 100**. Recycle time 7m (alkaline batteries), 250 flashes from battery.

Power: 2x AA 1.5v Batteries.

Film Wind: Top Lever one action (132°)

Film Rewind: Crank Handle.

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Almost a full month ago, we took our bikes, jumped two trains and arrived in the lost resort of Morecambe. A seaside small town once famous and thriving with tourists, now losing the battle with the sunnier places of Europe and the assorted cheap flights.

What brought us there, apart from our usual need for discovering new corners of the island? Well, it was the second edition of a festival called Vintage by the Sea, promising classic bike rides, vintage cars on display, a market full of wonders to discover, an old school London double decker transformed into DJ booth from where great northern soul and other good vibes spread, and some a nice rave for the Saturday evening.

And we were not disappointed. We had all these, but also some great extras offered by Morecambe, like the beautiful Art Deco Midland hotel, the Winter Gardens, a former bath, bars, ballroom and theatre complex, now half ruined, half renovated, a classic British promenade, a former Odeon cinema Art Deco building, book shops, coffee places selling records, vintage advertise signs painted on buildings, and an overall charming feeling of what you could feel that for most part was a ghost town.

First things first, we checked in our old fashioned hotel, that had a very grumpy in sort of bored funny way owner, and who turned to be quite nice in the end, offering safe shelter for our bikes. Quite a blessing the festival he said, pointing at the no vacancy sign displayed in the window.

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From there we dived straight into the early festival atmosphere, and we had a nice warm up parading along the promenade in a “sea” of vintage, retro and new bicycles. Folks were dressed appropriately, showcasing some really fine machines and assorting gear. We also git to change ideas with other cyclists and even had a short ride on a great Puch 80’s folding bike.

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And then…full day of swinging and enjoying all the eye candies from another age…traditional amusements, dancing on the platform, assorted stalls with vintage clothes and other bits and pieces.

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Even the food was sold in retro ways.

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Discovering Morecambe was a really pleasant surprise, and we had fun identifying hints to a glorious past, savouring the empty streets behind the houses facing the promenade, and imaging how the life flows at the bay when the town is not flooded by crazy vintage fashionistas.

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Back to the centre of the festival we had a good share of classic punk anthems, which sounded surreal coming from the tiny Melodrome scene. But the guys in the band seemed like the real material and enjoyed themselves and the warm audience.

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From there, after a bit of rest at our charming hotel, we headed for a full night of acid house beats from the golden age of Hacienda. DJs Dave Haslam and Mike Pickering perfectly complemented each other and poured bliss in our ears, Haslam heating us up with excellent house anthems, while Pickering taking everybody to a trance state of non-stop dance. All this was made even more surreal in the space offered by the derelict Winter Gardens, the former ballroom and theatre. The statues and ornaments from the high ceiling were the perfect guards from vintage times.

Sunday was a perfect sunny day to be enjoyed by the sea. And in the surroundings of a Streamline Art Deco bijou like Midland Hotel, everything made even more sense. It was built in the 30’s, abandoned in the 90’s and brought back to life in the new millennium. With those cars left there after the classic car show, it seemed to literally take you back to the time when it was opened. And those sculpted sea horses…

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Photo28_25The stroll was great that Sunday and left us with great memories and images to be enjoyed later. A great festival in the perfect place, check their page here.

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