Photo diary: playing with a vintage Polaroid

My boyfriend B is a fan of vintage photography and by all accounts far more skilled at the art of photography than I am (hence why he is so often lumbered with the job of my personal paparazzi). Last summer, he used a Super 8 to create this little video of me picking strawberries in a field (it originally had Strawberry Fields Forever as the music, but copyright laws weren’t very happy with that, so now it has sort of Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind music… which makes it feel a bit sad, but I quite like the idea of poignant strawberry picking!).

More recently, we took his 80s Polaroid out with a special coloured paper pack, on a day we went walking by the river earlier this year – you might remember my much more modern SLR photos. The coloured paper is a fair bit brighter than how it looks when it’s scanned. Polaroids can do some interesting things to contrast and exposure… a very arty effect, that in one of the below makes me look like I’ve stepped out of a L’oreal shampoo advert. Which I’m not complaining about.

The nice thing with being limited to 8 shots per pack is that you really think about what should go into each photo and end up with a nice little collection of all the best bits. It’s a shame we didn’t quite get the lighting right as these are probably on the over-exposed side – but again, half the fun with these old cameras is practice making perfect!
 

11 Comments

    • June 23, 2014 / 12:28 pm

      They're not so difficult to get hold off for cheap from eBay… but the film itself can be pretty pricey. Worth it once in a while perhaps 🙂

  1. August 4, 2014 / 7:57 pm

    Wow these pictures are honestly just the best! They really look vintage and set a couple of decades ago:) I love them!
    xo Olivia

    • August 5, 2014 / 12:59 pm

      I don't think Instagram can touch them! As much as it would love to 😉 x

  2. August 10, 2014 / 9:33 am

    tbh I like photos a bit on the overexposed side! these are so awesome. I really need to get a Polaroid at on point!

    • August 10, 2014 / 3:56 pm

      Overexposed is ever so flattering 😉

  3. September 2, 2014 / 8:33 pm

    oh wow, these look so vintage. and you are gorgeous

  4. October 21, 2014 / 1:57 pm

    This is awesome and fun and makes me want to get back into film.

  5. November 3, 2014 / 9:51 pm

    We have an old camera but I'm too scared to use it. I am scared of making a mistake! These are really beautiful snaps and I love the lo-fi quality. The pin sharp photos we see on a daily basis can get quite boring, and there's just something so romantic and nostalgic about vintage quality photos. You look super beautiful in the last pic, you pretty lady! (thanks for the tip on cha cha tint, it's the only one out of the tints that I've yet to try! I've just started to experiment with blusher shades and now that I've ventured in to peachy colours, I'll definitely try cha cha tint next time I'm at the Benefit counter!) xxx

  6. January 27, 2015 / 11:35 pm

    How fun! I really love the photos and you look gorgeous! x

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