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Welcome to my 'scrapbook' blog. Most of the photos here are my own work. Now and then I'll post someone else's work that I like. I love photography, especially Polaroid and other instant photography and Holga stuff. Loving real film and vintage cameras, as well as digital and iPhoneography. Feel free to ask me stuff.... swallowingflies.com

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    Aug
    29th
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    A letter from The Impossible Project

    Good luck to them. Long may they continue….

    Dear Impossible Pioneers and Customers,

    In just a month from now, Impossible will move from the office and shop space it has occupied for the past four years on Broadway and Canal, in Manhattan, to a new space in Brooklyn. Sadly, we will also say goodbye to around half of Impossible’s current US employees, some of whom have been with the company since its foundation.

    A smaller team will continue to manage Impossible’s North American customer service, warehousing and fulfillment, as well as camera refurbishment and repair.

    In recent months, we have sharpened our focus on film research and development, as well as the design and development of a new camera to be launched in 2015. To afford to do so, we have had to re-assess our global presence. In April, this year, we announced the closure of our global Project Spaces, with the exception of Paris. We are also closing our offices in Japan and China.

    Impossible has a lot of work to do on its core product – analog instant film. And while more people than ever are using Polaroid-format instant photography, driven by the wider availability of refurbished cameras and big strides in the quality of Impossible’s Color and B&W films, we still have some way to go to surpass the beauty, stability and real instantaneity of Polaroid’s original films. 

    Late last year, we hired Stephen Herchen, the former Chief Technology Officer for Polaroid under Edwin Land, and a co-founder of the US-based Zink Imaging, as Chief Operating Officer. He now oversees film development and production at Impossible’s plants in Monheim, Germany, and Enschede, in The Netherlands.

    Our largest investment of both time and money has been – and must continue to be – in the development of our faster-processing, next generation films, as well as in the design of new cameras that will sustain the relevance of these films for a new generation of photographers.

    Impossible is becoming much leaner, but more efficient. We are returning to the basics of a smaller, more communal and manageable scale of a start-up – which, when all is said and done, Impossible still very much is.

    When Florian ‘Doc’ Kaps and Andre Bosman bought the very last factory in the world manufacturing Polaroid instant film, five years ago, they assumed something of a sacred trust: to create films – and cameras – that would make the late, great Edwin Land proud. A new (and younger) generation of Impossible employees are even more intent on doing just that!

    If they’re successful, this analog instant medium for which we all share a passion is not only going to survive but thrive for future generations.

    Kind regards,

    Creed O’Hanlon
    CEO, Impossible
    Berlin, Germany
    Aug
    23rd
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    Self

    Took some self portraits this morning.

    I had this beard that I was going to get rid of so I thought before I did I’d get some gritty black & white head shots. It’s important to document the way you look from time to time.

    I had this set up where I triggered the camera with a pocket wizard. Sooo much better than having to use the cameras self timer!! I was hoping to trigger my speed lights at the same time, but even though the camera triggered and the flash fired the flash wasn’t syncing! At least I guess that’s what was happening. The light from the flash just didn’t register! Very odd.

    Need to do some looking into this to see what the problem is. It should work.

    Anyway, got some good natural light shots. Self portraits are hard though. I’m no model!

    Aug
    17th
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    Sometimes you just stumble upon the best photo opportunities!

    Sometimes you just stumble upon the best photo opportunities!

    Jul
    13th
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    Jun
    22nd
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    Just bought a cable that let’s me trigger my camera remotely!
    Does this mean a ‘self portrait’ project?
    …. let’s hope not!!!

    Jun
    21st
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    Happy Saturday everyone.

    Happy Saturday everyone.

    Jun
    14th
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    Note to self: never leave batteries in Holga!!

    Note to self: never leave batteries in Holga!!

    Jun
    13th
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    Just found myself a bargain* at the local market. Loads of very out of date 120 & 220 colour film. 

*only a bargain of course if this 20 year old film still works!! I’m pretty sure it’s not been kept in a fridge!!

    Just found myself a bargain* at the local market. Loads of very out of date 120 & 220 colour film.

    *only a bargain of course if this 20 year old film still works!! I’m pretty sure it’s not been kept in a fridge!!

    Apr
    20th
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    Happy Easter tumblr (& twitter) folk

    Happy Easter tumblr (& twitter) folk

    Apr
    18th
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    Pier

    Pier

    Apr
    12th
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    Under the pier

    Under the pier

    Apr
    11th
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    A few more black frame B&W Polaroids…

    A few more black frame B&W Polaroids…

    Apr
    9th
    Wed
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    The Impossible Project rock!

    The Impossible Project rock!

    Apr
    6th
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    A spot of derelict black frame action.

    A spot of derelict black frame action.

    Apr
    3rd
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    Dusty bottles

    Dusty bottles