27 September 2009

Weekend Reading: The Polaroid Book


Taking a slight break from fashion, I thought it might be nice to share a few images from The Polaroid Book. It is actually a book which I had wanted to buy for quite some time, yet the opportunity had never really presented itself. Thankfully however I was recently able to do so, having found a lone copy wrapped in plastic, sat shivering behind copies of printed architectural folios. The book appeared to have be stashed away there for many months, and yet the chance reveal from a forgotten corner of a forgotten bookshop brought back all of its life and luster in a single magical moment.

The book contains a wide array of Polaroid photographs, from buildings to portraits to tricks of colour and light. Although the arrangement feels somewhat haphazard at times, the true beauty is one of inspiration. As is the way with any compilation of photography, each shot opens the door to a remarkable pathway for the mind. Yet what may start as a single pathway, swiftly opens into a sprawling network of thoughts and imaginings.

I think the beauty of photography is that the image itself simply opens one to possibility. It is the possibility of a whole new world of thought, a world as charming and alluring as one's imagination allows it to be. For the journey beyond the images is one left to the viewer to explore for themselves.


Currently playing: Man On The Moon - Kid Cudi

xxxx

58 comments:

  1. Looks like a great book with so much emotion and art in it as well.

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  2. This is very impressive. Thanks so much for sharing this cool photography book. I loved my polaroid camera when I was growing up. Of course, never thought how artistic you could be with something like that.

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  3. Wow! I love these polaroids a lot! These images are so magical indeed and it was such destiny for you to find this book. Keep it forever :) I would love a book like this, or even just make a book out of the polaroids I've taken. Golly gosh its been so long since I've taken polaroids. This beautiful book has got me wanting/needing to buy more film.

    Have a lovely week, and keep on smiling :)

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  4. "sat shivering"...I love that.

    It made me want to hug the book.

    also there is a film called Crazy/Beautiful that made me want a Polaroid camera but my Mum explained that it would be too expensive.

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  5. I've got the same book somewhere! Really nice find.

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  6. Hey there. I really enjoyed your post. I hope you've had a fantastic weekend. Take care. Have a wonderful week ahead. Cheers!

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  7. I so want to check this book out! I miss polaroids.

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  8. Really a beautiful book. Great find to take a look through on a Sunday morning. Thanks.

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  9. So much to smile about when seeing this and also so great emotional pictures too..exposing so many sides of people's lives.

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  10. Oh. Thank you for sharing this. It's right up my alley and I love the pics you've shown off here....gorgeous.

    Polaroid fascination, right here.

    Will have to check it out...was it a limited release issue?

    Hope you're having a great weekend.
    xx

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  11. I love photography books, a dear friend of mine bought me a photo book for Christmas last year and I still look at it.

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  12. This book looks fantastic! I love the look of polaroids.

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  13. Thanks for sharing. I must get my hands on this book sometime soon! Have a lovely rest of your weekend :) x

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  14. I can't wait to see you rocking some Fall garb. I am going to look to you for inspiration! :)






    x

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  15. the funny thing about polaroids are their instantaneity. and most people would say that people only like it because it looks cool and its totally hipster but i dont think so. imagine a photograph that captures a moment that really cant be duplicated. i love that they are singular and thats it. it was a moment in time that cannot be replicated. i dont know im blabbing, its beautiful.

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  16. I absolutely love polaroids! I think that while you still obviously need an eye for photography, it's pretty easy to get a good picture with a great SLR camera. Taking a beautiful Polaroid is true, true talent. These are all lovely beyond words. Thanks for sharing, darling!

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  17. Iit's such a shame people don't take so many photographs anymore, or to be specific, print them out. It's all well and good having them on a laptop, but it's so much nicer to have something you can hold in your hands.

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  18. Well spotted! This looks like one of those fantastic books you just keep going back to time and again to gaze at! Taschen have the best range of books too - I could quite easily buy their whole range!

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  19. I agree with hammy..Photographs really are "little chunks of time to hold in your hands". I saved that quote from somewhere I can't remember. Anyways, I think it's so much more charming to print them out...
    This looks like an interesting book! I love all books from Taschen:P

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  20. What a great idea! Looks beautiful :)

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  21. i've wanted to buy that book for some time. it looks wonderful!

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  22. This looks fun! I have a spicecam - thats right an official spice girls polaroid camera straight from the 90s that I adore but can rarely part with the three million pounds for film. I think I'm going to have to get some this week though - your post has inspired me to do so! :) x

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  23. Looks and sounds like a fabulous tome, darling DK!

    Just wanted to say thank you for always leaving the most thoughtful comments :)

    xoxox,
    CC

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  24. amazing book! i wish i could have it. =D . I love Polaroid so much. Like i love your blog. yeaaay!

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  25. very rad choices! i esp. love the spread with the guy who has a sergeant hat on. he looks like an interesting fellow who's been through a lot. hope you had a great weekend!!

    x ws x

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  26. Photography is one of my pet loves.

    I love the close-up abstractions on that first page you showed us, then the other one, farther down. The b/w is also superb.

    Thanks for sharing!

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  27. Thanks so much for the well wishes ! I'm back and feeling much better now :))

    Ohhhh,this book is so lovely and so many wonderful photos <3

    Polaroids are just something I love love ! But have to save on flim as they're rather expensive

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  28. How cool! Thanks for sharing some of the images. :) I really need to check out this book!

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  29. looks like an amazing, inspiring book. love all the shots in it! xx

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  30. i love the images. thank you for sharing and hope you had a wonderful weekend.

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  31. COUP DE FOUDRE (love at first sight) for this Pola book : love them. Thank !

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  32. it looks beautiful! luckily i got a few book vouchers to spend from my birthday so i think i will have to spend it all on this one.

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  33. I've got to get my hands on this! Polaroids really fascinate me.

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  34. Oh I love polaroids, thanks for sharing the pictures! I'm glad we have a way to polaroid our pictures via poladroid now:)

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  35. love this, I really want to buy this book..

    xoxo

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  36. Fantastic photgraphs.

    Thanks for sharing those, it's probably not a book I would ever have bought so it's nice to have them shared!

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  37. I've got this book.
    I love it so much.

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  38. Wow, polaroid book! So interesting.

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  39. i bought this book some time ago and i love it...<3

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  40. This book looks stunning. I hadn't realised such a thing existed so thank you for drawing attention to it. You might be interested in this article I stumbled upon this week, an elegant consideration of Polaroid:

    http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/gadgets-and-tech/features/the-end-of-polaroid-1791629.html

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  41. great blog.
    i love the pics.

    xxxxx
    http://zebratrash.blogspot.com/

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  42. polas are so alluring! I'll take note of this book! ;)

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  43. I love this book. I remember I hunted it down a few years ago when it was released and every major book store in so cal had it sold out and amazon didn't carry it at the time.
    my favorites are the andy warhol pics!

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  44. I was just thinking about Diana after reading this post!

    And so glad you are on Twitter, love - looking forward to future tweet convos!

    XOXO
    Amy

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  45. these images are so intresting. it looks like you could look at them for hours!

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  46. I adore the sheer whimsy of polaroid photos.

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  47. awesome pictures
    i want the book now! hahaah

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  48. These are great. I love them all. Thanks for sharing this with us. That looks like a wonderful book. Hope your week started off well.

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  49. there is no better photo than the one taken with polaroid camera. there is something so real about them.
    your picture from the right side is amzing! your very beautiful.

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  50. it looks really amazing!!
    and considering u tried so hard to get it, i rate it a 10! :O)
    *TOO BUSY TWEETING TO CARE MUCH ABOUT BLOGVILLE AY?* lol

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  51. there's just something about pola

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  52. I have this book, I love it! x

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