Aug 4 2013

Reckless Abandon

I’m beginning to learn that I cannot rescue every lost and abandoned film camera at the thrift shop just because it has film still left inside.

Take for example, this poor little Olympus.Olym1I remember working at a camera shop in the early to mid 90s where this little camera would have sold for over a-hundred dollars. Now it’s worth 50-cents at the half-off night at my favorite local thrift shop.

Olym2And yep, it has film still left inside.  What latent images are waiting to be revealed?  I can’t hardly stand it.  I have to know!  Was this a story of love and lust? Of power and intrigue?  Of fame and glory?  I had to know, I just HAD to know!

So I bought the poor little thing, rewound the film (the battery still worked. Bonus!) and took it to the lab.

Well, I’m not exactly sure what this story is.  As far as I can tell…

Olym3First, we sought out our family homestead by getting into our time machine and traveling back about 60 years.

Olym4Then, we visited with some of our dearly departed.


We celebrated the cycle of life by gathering around cauldrons of what I hope is boiling apple butter.

Olym6Then we attended church, where the fiery specter of death was already starting to finger at our souls.

Olym7And we are then consumed by the fires of eternal damnation.  Or maybe someone just opened the back of the camera to see if the film had been rewound.

Olym8Finally, we are reincarnated as a viable consumer good at a little thrift shop, where some idiot buys the story for 50 cents and posts it online for a world in which nobody cares.

See, was that really necessary?  Probably not.  But hey, I reinvested a few dollars into the local economy.  And a forgotten (and forgettable) story is now made immortal through the powers of the internet.  And you can’t put a price on that, can you?

Jun 24 2013

Coney, Phoney Polaroid

I found this little gem at my favorite local thrift shop on a recent trip.  And since it was half off night, I got it for just a dollar!step

Ain’t it cute?

I researched the film that is currently available for it.  Polaroid no longer makes film for their instant cameras, but another company called The Impossible Project does.  It’s great that these cute little plastic cameras can still be useful, but the prices of these Impossible films are even higher than Polaroid was.  I bought a box of discontinued (therefore cheaper) stock and I was paying around to $2 an exposure.  Some independent camera shops sell it, or you can order it online and pay shipping…

pola1…and then run the risk of your film, which needs to “keep cool” spend the day sitting in your 100 degree mailbox, like mine did!

pola2And since my film was discontinued it was also…anyone?  Bueller?  Bueller? You got it…expired!

So now I have my nearly obsolete Polaroid Camera, my expired and par-broiled non OEM film.  What oh what am I going to shoot with these precious 8 exposures?

Wellll, I thought it would be an excellent idea to haul it all the way to Coney Island for the Mermaid Parade.  If there’s one place where Polaroids can be most precious, it’s during a weekend trip to the boardwalk.

There were plenty of freaks and geeks there, so nobody gave me a second look while carrying around my dorky camera.  In fact there was another guy there with an older style bellows camera running the still available Fuji Film through it (I also own one of these cameras, but that will be another post someday).

Before I show you what I came back with, there’s one thing you’ll need to know about this Impossible film.  This film remains susceptible to light after it is ejected by the camera.  It is recommended that you cover the emerging picture with your hand or a black piece of paper to protect your still developing image from extra detrimental light.

So, without further ado…

Judah Friedlander was this year’s King Neptune.  I saw a fleeting glimpse of him through the crowd and tried to get a shot of him by shooting up over my head.

coney 1

Instead, all I got was the backs of people’s heads, the bottom of his float and a nice BIG chunk of my hand which I was holding over the film ejection slot, in attempt to protect my image from the blazing sun.

coney3I shot this one for my friend Carla, who asked me to try to find “Steampunk Mermaids”  These girls had it all going on.  I, however, did not.  I tried to shade the image with a black card as it came out of the camera, but I didn’t line it up quite right before the sun damaged the unprotected edges.

coney4By the time this seahorse came along, I was starting to get the hang of it.  But you can still see a bit of my hand where I was holding the black card.

coney2At least on this attempt, I kept my hand out of the way, but it’s a bit overexposed anyway.

So, maybe I’ll try this again someday when I’m rolling in dollar bills that I want to turn into Impossible memories.  But mostly this experience just made me miss real Polaroids.

Jun 15 2013

This is Precious

The Camera (short film / original score) from Peter Lewis on Vimeo.


Jun 5 2013

A Tumblr For You

A Tumblr For You

A Tumblr For You A Tumblr For YOuuuu!

No, seriously.  Look at this Tumblr.

Hour 1 – Get a beer at the Billy Goat Tavern and remember the good times.

May 24 2013

Well, I dunno…

I thought it looked like a bulk loader.