Having done some research I have come across the ‘iPhoneography Blog’, which allows people to share their photos etc, articles, new apps, app reviews and updates.
I’ve been doing some research and have found numerous books that explore iPhone photography or iPhoneography. (These are just a note to myself so that I can look and reference them later…so I don’t forget).
iPhone Obsessed: Photo Editing Experiments with Apps.
The Best Camera is the One That’s with You.
The Art of iPhoneography.
Create Great iPhone Photos.
iphone Photography & Video for Dummies.
Avajar: Instagram iPhoneography Volume.
The Art of iPhone Photography.
Modern technology, I don’t understand! It strives, at times, to mimic the aesthetic of analogue. If people wanted so much to have photographs that looked analogue then why not just use analogue? We have the materials, however, people decide not to use it. This is why such materials, like Polaroid get to the stages of ceased production. People get lazy in using the genuine artefacts and use what is to hand, such as mobile phones. Using modern technologies has taken over modern society and the convenience is near enough immediate.
On my iPhone for example, there are numerous apps that allow the aesthetics of an authentic polaroid photographic image. I have one called ‘ShakeItPhoto’, it is a mimic of a polaroid that allows you to take a photo (or use an existing photograph), shake the image so that it develops that then forms a finished digital Polaroid. If wanted, you can then send the image via e-mail, multi-media message or even upload to social networking sites. These are some of my digital Polaroids:
Like anything there are numerous companies that produce similar software in order for you to do this. Even Polaroid has created its own digital rendition of the original instant Polaroid fashion. These are a couple screen shots taken from the iPhone App Store of the Polariod Instant Cam app:
The Impossible Project is a company, which has founded the ‘re-invention’ of instant film. In 2008, the Impossible Project company saved and bought the last Polaroid production plant for integral instant film. They employed 10 of the very best former Polaroid employees who shared the belief to save Polaroid photography. Through the actions of the Impossible Project, the company have saved millions of instant cameras, which would have been made redundant. They have helped:
“Perfectly functioning Polaroid cameras from becoming obsolete, changes the world of photography and keeps variety, tangibility and analogue creativity and possibilities alive”
-The Impossible Project.
The Impossible Project is a passionate company that seeks to further the development of instant, analogue photography. They have a hopeful future for instant photography, which is supported by passionate users too. They aim to produce further colour processes and materials as well as 8 x 10 and 20 x 24 inch material. The Impossible Project also started the Camera Project. They are evaluating if and how it is possible to produce a new analogue camera. They aim to create a new analogue camera with professional gears and possibilities.
“The future is analogue”
-The Impossible Project.
They have also put together The Impossible Collection. It is another project from Impossible, which is dedicated to instant, analogue photography, by collaborating with international photographers, working with Impossible’s new instant films and building a contemporary archive of instant photographic artworks.
To kill off polaroid film completely would have been a sad end to such an amazing medium within photography.
Visit The Impossible Project’s website at:
The abilities in being able to create instant photography was first recognised in 1923 by Samuel Shlafrock. He invented the first instant camera which consisted of a camera and portable darkroom in a single compartment.
With the development of technology , in 1948 the first instant camera was sold to the public. The instant camera was invented by Edwin Land, an American inventor, where you were able to take a photograph and it would develop onto a film roll that was inserted into the camera. The camera was named after the inventor, naming the camera the Instant Land Camera.
It was a new revolutionised phenomena that captured the public’s want for instant snap shots, without the hassle of darkroom processing.
Later, with the development of process abilities within instant film, instant cameras started touse ‘pack film’ that would require the photographer to pull the film from the camera for development and peel apart the positive from the negative after the developing process. ‘Pack film’ later adapted from its original rectangular form to square. The adaptation also allowed the film to progress in development by placing the negative, developer, fixer etc. within the surface of the film. The photograph would automatically develop after each exposure before your eyes. This is how we know Polaroid film today.
In 2008, however, the advances in modern technologies resulted in the discontinuation of Polaroid film. An artefact and such a huge part of photographic history was taken away from the public and photographic artists. A medium that artists used for manual manipulation of photographs.