Good Bad Cameras

by aengelson | January 26th, 2009

Polaroid officially ceased production of its instant film last month. But a group of former Polaroid engineers is working invent a new instant film–even purchasing the old Polaroid factory in the Netherlands. Their website is called the Impossible Project and it’s pretty damn cool, but why do those engineers all look like they were cloned? Thanks to Brenda for the tip on this one.

Polaroids are cool because you never quite know how the photo’s going to turn out. That’s why crappy old cameras like the Diana and the Holga are so popular with artists seeking weird lens effects and blown-out colors.

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My daughters received two really awesome crappy digital cameras this Christmas (no, really, thanks Nana & Farfar!). I think these things could be the Holga for a new generation. It’s the Kidizoom from vtech and we have two, one  pink and one purple. It’s housed in this super-indestructible case. I think you could bounce the camera on the kitchen floor if you wanted. They’re full digital cameras with video, USB cables, etc. The girls love them.

The pictures they take are amazingly weird. mature dating sites visit Super saturated color. A flash that wipes out faces with a nuclear blast of light. And every once and a while it just goes totally bonkers and gives you a genius photo like the one here. I love that photo.

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Hi, I'm Andy Engelson, a writer and editor who lived in Hanoi for five years and now lives in Geneva Switzerland. This blog is no longer active, but you can find more of my writing at The Lost Salt Atlas. I'm currently working on a historical novel set in the Northwest United States during World War II. In a former life, I edited Washington Trails magazine. I like to hike, travel, and play with my family.

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