Polaroid

I thought it was time to give the photography category some love. So here’s a quick selection of some Polaroid shots I made between France and California this year. All shots were done with a Polaroid SE Mamiya Press and using 669 type 100 expired films. Exception made from the one called “Desolation”, it was a Chocolate type 100 expired film. Click the shots for see some of them bigger, and enjoy ! ;)

I want use this opportunity to wish you, Ladies and Gentlemen, a merry Christmas.

Et paix sur terre aux hommes de bonne volonté !

Love,

J.

notre-dame-de-paris
desolation
market
golden-gate-bridge001
chinatown

pioneers-o-pioneers
serpico

About Julien Alday

Free-lance illustrator and Lapin.

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  1. Pieter says:

    Beautiful shots, I really love the things polaroids do to your colors. I mis that allot in digital photography.

  2. rodrigo says:

    oh wow i love these, they have such a wonderful texture and warmth to them. so much nicer than the clean coldness of digital photos in my opinion!!

  3. devin platts says:

    ouaiiiii!!!

    j’aime ça!! <3

  4. liam.c says:

    damn thats beautiful !

  5. Björn Hurri says:

    these photos are great, they have such personality to them!

  6. Julien Alday says:

    @ Pieter: I agree with you, that’s the reason why I choose to work with Polaroid this year. That and other things. But after read Sergio’s comment, I strat to think a in-between is possible, don’t you think ? Thanks for the kind words. ;)

    @ Sergio: Hey, man ! ^^ I ABSOLUTLY need to try that wide angle camera ! Thanks for the link, I’m serious ! Merci beaucoup !

    @ Rodrigo: Thank you, monsieur Badass ! :)

    @ Devin: Ouaiiiiiiiis ! J’aime quand tu aimes ! <3

    @ Liam: Thanks, buddy.

    @ Chupacabra: One day, we will meet. And I will be happy to make portrait of you. ;)

    @ Björn: I really appreciate that comment, Polaroid could be tough at some point for translate personality [in other word, I have screwed a lot of shots, he !]. Love on you and your familly ! <3

    Thank you, guys.
    J.

  7. C.R.MacTernan says:

    Wow cool pictures! That aged look that you’re getting from the polaroids is really neat.

  8. Julien Alday says:

    Yup ! ^^
    I have the theory that you can put as many I-pod and laptop in the frame as you want, once the shot made, it looks like it was taken in the 70′s anyway. :P
    Cheers, Christine. :)

  9. I love these Julien, but you already know that :P The expired shots make everything look so flat and graphic and I find that absolutely fascinating, specially in the Notre Dame one.

    BTW, you totally have to send me that pic you took of Vic and me at that Parisian bar that served that awesome crème brulée (oh, I feel so posh just by typing that, I’m such a whore :P).

  10. PieterV says:

    You can get some of that polaroid kind of magic in your digital pics.
    For instance if you lift up the bottom node on the R curve in your RGB curves you’ll get the illusion of a red light leak. You can also go into the individual channels and lower the brightness of one of them and bump up the two others, that will change the color temperatures. Really fun to play around with.
    Still, nothing beats the real thing!

  11. Julien Alday says:

    @ Federico, my friend: I agree with you and thanks for the compliment ! ;) Things being busy here, just send me a reminder after January 5th in case I forgot. [yeah, that's my deadline] I will then send you huge pics. Also, don’t worry about crème brulée: I don’t eat any, because I’m a man, but I can understand we all have our weakness. Mine being, and you know that TOO WELL, Belgium Beers ! :P Mucho Love.

    @ PieterV: Thanks for the tip. A friend of mine shown me another one a while ago. Never tried both, for be honest. I’m sure computer can generate such effects in efficient way[s]. The reason why I switch on Polaroid this past year is that I wanted to avoid all the comfort that digital shots can bring. Polaroid was a good compromise for me. And as you said: nothing beats the real thing ! Thank you ! ;)

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