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.
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:
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.
Some great interviews and articles with him below:
Framework in Los Angeles Times