March 31, 2009

RIP Polaroid (UK)

It has been finally reported in the British Journal of Photography this week that Polaroid UK has entered into administration. Polaroid UK was established in 1962, the same year I was born, and it's demise is a sad, sad occasion. The announcement follows the one in February 2008 when Polaroid ceased operation of it's instant film business, and in December 2008, when Polaroid (US) filed for bankruptcy.
In it's place we have the rather wonderful digital approximation Poladroid, but it'll never be the same...

March 30, 2009

The tension is mounting...

I'm not quite sure why it is that found photos are so interesting, but I think it has a lot to do with wanting to fill in the back story behind something/someone you know so little about. I found these discarded photobooth pictures on my doorstep the other day and have been carrying them around for a while not wanting to be the person who throws them away again. What struck me immediately was the resemblance to an entirely imagined character I wrote a story around some years back (I was taking a writing class at the time). He was called Mr Willets. I showed the pictures to Mrs BeanPhoto and she got very animated about having found an old household budget from 1998 on our doorstep the week before, and how if it carried on like this, we might have a baby in a basket soon! We wondered for a moment if it was our milkman, leaving these things for us to find, though we couldn't for a minute imagine why. What will be next?
The tension is mounting...

March 27, 2009

Working with Flax and the Litfest designer

It's always an interesting exercise working on the Flax author portraits for Litfest. Firstly because I have a lovely brief which generally asks me to be a bit different from the norm, and secondly because of the different ways in which the images are then put to use by the litfest designer Martin Chester. And this time around with the Flax017 anthology, which launches next week, I think he's done a bit of a fab job really!

These postcards work particularly well, and I'm all excited now to see the final anthology.
Nice job Martin!

March 10, 2009

When did you become a photographer?

My interest in photography began at an early age, as can be seen in this rare archive photograph c. Christmas 1965 when I was aged 3.
That's me dressed as a Rolleflex camera, obviously in 1965 cameras were a very traditional fancy dress costume at Christmas for young boys, as presumably, were devils and alpine maids! My elder brother Ade meanwhile opted for the rather more obscure Christmas present look.
Keen camera lovers out there will note that the Rolleiflex was of course a Twin Lens Reflex, mine was the rarer one lens version!

March 03, 2009

Kinda cool

I've been seeing this old Billboard lately as I've been driving around the Lancaster one-way and became increasing beguiled by it.
The local paper reported on it being uncovered by bill posters a few months back and it's quite surprising it hasn't already been pasted over with something new.
I couldn't say for sure when it dates back to but I'm guessing sometime in the 70's from the style of the car.

Let's just file it away under "kinda Cool".