So why am I writing about Polaroids and the old days? I’m an old guy and everything I do was influenced by what has gone before.
I loved Polaroids. They were a moment in time that you could hold in your hand. Their accidental quality added to their charm.
Digital changed everything in photography and Polaroid was one of the casualties of the change.
I didn’t think about SX-70s much until one day I saw a set of images shot in Afganistan by the
Associated Press’s David Guttenfelder made using an iPhone and an app called “ShakeitPhoto”.
I was blown away by the images. They were equally as strong as the photos he made with is digital SLRs.
ShakeitPhoto mimics the look of the old Polaroid SX-70, right down to the sound of the photo being ejected and the image “developing” before your eyes.
So I downloaded the app and joined the multitudes taking photos with an iPhone. I had a new form of instant gratification.
The only similarity between Mr. Guttenfelder¹s work and mine is that we use the same gear. He is a much better photographer than I am.
Or ever was.
Or might ever be.
So, and all the writing about Polaroids and the old days; it was just so much background, probably unnecessary, for why I’m posting my iPhone photos here.