Sunday, November 16, 2008

the colors of autumn

It's finally autumn where I live, and I've been trying to get out as often as possible to shoot some Polaroids, even though it's a crazy time of the semester. Here are some of my recent favorites, illustrating the colors of the season. Most of them were shot at the beautiful Japanese Gardens in Fort Worth, Texas. A couple were shot in my town, near the university where I work. I hope you will enjoy them!

Photos using my Sx-70 with Artistic TZ film:

The Koi Create an Abstract

The Birdhouse Pagoda

Japanese Garden in Autumn

Photo using my friend's Polaroid Reporter camera and expired 669 film:

Autumn Light

Photos using my Grandmother's Polaroid 104 camera and expired UV-ID film:

At the Edges of Autumn

Afternoon Light

Signed prints are always available through me or my Etsy shop!

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Fascinating photographs of Afghanistan from 1974

As an historian and a photographer, I am always interested in primary documents that emerge from a camera. I just stumbled across a really interesting photo set on Flickr taken by an Australian woman named Wendy Tanner. She shot many gorgeous slides while traveling through Afghanistan in 1974. These startling images reflect elements of life in that country before the Soviet invasion and subsequent (coming up on) thirty years of war suffered by the Afghan people. I can't help but wonder about the people in her photos. What have they experienced since then? Are they still alive? Have they been forced from their homes? It's horrible to imagine, but I am grateful that she posted these primary documents for us to peruse and ponder.

This one may be my favorite. Blue Glass Kabul by Wendy Tanner