May 21, 2009

New Medium

The other day I had a brilliant idea: There should be a photo competition exclusively for iPhone photographs. I turns out it already exists. (Go me.) Then I started thinking about how this is the time of transition when one medium takes over from the other.


In 2008 Polaroid announced that they would stop producing their iconic instant cameras and films.

Polaroid has gone the way of Kinko's, type writer, and carbon paper - its primary cause for existence usurped by the advance of technology. Nowadays you don't even have to have a camera, just a phone to take "instant" photos, and then you can send them to your friends, upload them to the internet, unleash them in the digital alternate universe. The tactile is replaced by the ethereal.

My Polaroid cameras will make nice bookends. One they I'll tell little children that people used to use them to make photographs. They'll be rolling their eyes.

Meanwhile here is the first installment of my iPortfolio. Three categories are presented at this time.

Landscape / Nature



Documentary



Artsy-Fartsy


14 comments:

Margaret said...

Very interesting and very true. Let me say, however, that one constant still remains: despite the technology, I will always be mystified about how to use it.

Petrea said...

You win the contest.

altadenahiker said...

Don't you think in 20 years time a polaroid will be worth a fortune, and the most fartsy will be finding their artsy? That top photo is sweet.

Vanda said...

Yeah, they will eventually become collectable. In a hundred years they will be rarities.

altadenahiker said...

I bought a bunch of beets from farmer's market. Will be doing the pickle thing. Found a recipe that call them the poor man's caviar. Figure this will work because I'm poor and like caviar.

Vanda said...

I'm glad you finally saw the light. Beets are good for you.

pasadenaadjacent said...

Just before the Kodak announcement I threw out my polaroid camera. A short time before that I unloaded my IBM Selectra. My way of saying this computer business looks to be sticking around awhile. Now my inner pack rat is having regrets.

altadenahiker said...

I don't like them. The beets, I mean.

Cafe Pasadena said...

Berry fascinating!
Especially the part about KB "doing the pickle thing" with the "man's caviar."

Vanda said...

You know KB... But I think she is doing something wrong, because my beets are the sizzle.

CrazyCris said...

Nice shots! I wish my cellphone took that quality of photos!

I always thought polaroid was fun for an instant kind of thing but found it deeply flawed in that since there weren't negatives you couldn't get copies to share with people! I haven't really missed it since my parents' polaroid camera died years ago...

Danica Patrick said...

really great photos

amanda gayle :] said...

I literally use my polaroid cameras for bookends. I already collect them simply because the cameras are so beautiful and the nostalgic feel can't be matched.

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