Saturday, May 31, 2008

Time Zero

I've been meaning to write about Polaroid's impending death for a while. Around the time of the announcement that they would stop producing film, I had scanned some of my old Polaroids. These were lighting and exposure tests from the days when I was assisting a lot - I had planned on posting them here, I still may, but not today. I must say though, I have a decent collection of photos of myself in mildly absurd situations. Like below, as an Audi mechanic.

Tonight, though, I was looking through my folders of Polaroid prints to see if I had any portraits suitable for the File/Flak/JPG Magazine Polaroid Portrait Challenge.

© Brian Widdis

In 2001 and 2002, my main cameras, my go to cameras, were a Polaroid SX70 and a 680. Looking back, it's hard to believe that I put up with all the hassles of using those cameras and film. Every time you pressed the button, besides costing at least a dollar, there was the possibility that your exposure would be way off, you would get roller marks, or an unprocessed corner, not to mention a bad batch of film. The problems and limitations were maddening, but there was always the possibility of seeing something in a Polaroid that was completely unexpected.

Thursday, May 22, 2008

The Building That Disappeared

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Now Appearing......

On Wanderlustagraphy. Thanks Amy!

Friday, May 16, 2008

Archives, Part 3

And lastly, the hot rod photos......

Romain Blanquart - One

My pal Romain Blanquart, who I've written about before is a finalist in the photography book awards at the fancy New York Photo Festival. As you might guess, he is in some pretty fine company in that category - Amy Stein, Danny Wilcox Frazier, Jessica Dimmock......

A preview of his book "One" can be seen here on his website.

"One in one billion three hundred million, men and women living in the most populous country in the world, numbers disappear to let the individuals find their path and solitude. Isolation and introspection in the modern urban environment. People's Republic of China, 2007."

He will be taking orders for the book soon, so all you smarties make sure to check back.

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Archives, Part 2

More photos from the archives, as previously mentioned - this time, we have the work related travel photos.

Archives, Part 1

A while ago, a good friend of mine found a box of transparencies in a thrift store in Grand Rapids. The box was a treasure chest containing 50's and 60's era photos that seemed to all be related to one Detroit based automotive company.

The photographs are all of a few types - from testing and lab setup shots to work related travel shots. Some hot rod photos too. First up - company headquarters and the lab and testing photos.

Thursday, May 8, 2008

Isn't It A Pity

Detroit - Punchline

I didn't link to this right away - I was a little conflicted about posting it. It does get a little saucy toward the end and it is my city that we're talking about here. Though, as depressing as it all is, this clip *is* funny in a very sad and piling on kind of way.

The R. Kelly impersonator returns to contextualize dirty talk in the Kwame Kilpatrick sex scandal.
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