Instamatic Images

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One of the many pleasures photography has given me over the years has been in the use of tiny outdated 'toy' cameras and out of date film. In this gallery I present a selection of images taken with little Instamatic camera. The Instamatic was a series of inexpensive, easy-to-load 126 and 110 cameras made by Kodak beginning in 1963. The Instamatic was immensely successful, introducing a generation to low-cost photography. Now in the digital age using a camera like this is a revelation.

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Can't resist a selfie with my low fi plastic fantastic camera ...

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I Have a Dream ...
I Have a Dream ...

Here is an Instamatic image of Newtown's most famous mural in the rain ... shot with my trusty little plastic fantastic camera using black and white cartridge film that was five years out of date ...

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On King Street ...
On King Street ...

King Street in Newtown is the main drag so to speak and it's always vibrant and visually exciting ... so what better than to capture that timeless interest than with my little plastic fantastic Instamatic camera ...

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Old petrol pump ...
Old petrol pump ...

What better way to immortalize a defunct artifact than with a defunct old camera using out of date black and white film ...

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Old Building in the CBD of Sydney ..
Old Building in the CBD of Sydney ..

Sydney is a beautiful modern city with many glorious new buildings yet still to be found are many old relics from time past and it has been my pleasure to capture them with a camera that could also be described as an old relic ...

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Stone Steps ...
Stone Steps ...

Old and cheap combination seating and steps in a public place. I love to find the latent beauty in disregarded areas of my town like this very low cost seating in a University I once worked at ...

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Apartment complex in Sydney ...
Apartment complex in Sydney ...

These stylish apartments make a perfect subject for my restless eye and my tiny old Instamatic camera. They are in Leichhardt in the Inner West of Sydney and surround the very trendy shopping centre of the Italian Forum on Norton Street ...

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Old Building near Central Station ..
Old Building near Central Station ..

All around Sydney are remnant bits of glorious architecture from times past. This old building is down near Central Station and I love the look of it so it was a perfect subject for a shot with my lovely little Instamatic camera ...

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Public Art in Sydney ...
Public Art in Sydney ...

Public artworks can be a vexed question to many but this towering sculpture at the main bus stand down near Central Station is a perfect fit with the area it's located in. It is also perfect for the tiny plastic lens in my tiny plastic camera ...

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Old Church in Sydney ...
Old Church in Sydney ...

This old Gothic Cathedral in Sydney delights me with it's epic stone work and glorious crenelations and I couldn't resist taking a photo with my funny little toy camera ...

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Brick Work ...
Brick Work ...

Even the most ordinary of subjects can be made mysterious by using a low fi low res toy camera ...

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Steps down to the beach ...
Steps down to the beach ...

Just an ordinary set of concrete steps down to the beach and that makes it a perfect place to use the Instamatic camera ...

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Parking area with smile ...
Parking area with smile ...

Just an ordinary parking area where I once worked with a funny smiling bit of rubbish which caught my eye ...

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Harbour Views ...
Harbour Views ...

Sydney has more than it's fair share of beautiful beaches and harbours and this tiny sliver of reality was shot in a tiny harbour down the coast from Sydney shortly after dawn when the fishing fleet had just returned and the local pelicans had assembled to beg for scraps ... and that of course brought out the photographers as well ...

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A mysterious thing ...
A mysterious thing ...

Actually it's not really that mysterious unless you are somewhat over imaginative ... it's a place for firemen to attach their hoses but it's also a great shape and a perfect subject for a shot with my little Instamatic camera ...

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Sit with me ...
Sit with me ...

An ordinary park bench in a quiet part of the park ... perfect for a quick image making sojourn with my little toy cameras ...

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Peacock and the homies ...
Peacock and the homies ...

There was a large enclosure of Peacocks right behind the place I used to work and I tried many times to photograph them with many different types of cameras and this is what came out of the Instamatic ...

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Roses in the neighbourhood ...
Roses in the neighbourhood ...

These stunning wild roses may have been better served by being photographed for posterity with a better camera but this moody image made with my little Instamatic makes me very happy ...

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Pond life ...
Pond life ...

One of the most attractive and also most annoying things about using relics of past to take photographs with is the persistent lack of control it gives you over the image ... which is why I persist with using it of course .... the soft low fi resolution of this ordinary pond is so dreamy as a result and I love that aspect of using my little Instamatic camera ...

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Balmy Palmy Sydney ...
Balmy Palmy Sydney ...

Sydney is blessed with a gorgeous climate and that means there are always palm trees swaying gently somewhere or the other ... nature always seems to respond well to my forays into it with one of my funny little cameras ...

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Palm Tree ...
Palm Tree ...

Another version of the ever present Palm trees in my town ... always elegant and interesting and forever suitable for photographic intervention with a tiny toy camera ...

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Banana Tree in my yard ...
Banana Tree in my yard ...

A simple shot of a rather battered but still elegant Banana tree in my back yard in Sydney. These trees are not the most beautiful or sought after additions for most gardeners but perfect to waste a few frames of film with while playing around with one of my funny little old cameras ...

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Banana tree ...
Banana tree ...

One of the most interesting things about using out of date film and old cameras is the way light leaks effect the film and while one usually has no control over that it's something I love to see in my images ...

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Park Life ...
Park Life ...

I love to hang around in parks and gardens and love to take experimental shots with one of my many old and battered toy camera's ... also known as 'wasting film' ... but sometimes there is a hidden beauty just waiting to be revealed ...

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Summer Garden ...
Summer Garden ...

There's nothing quite as evocative of summer as a row of agapanthus in full flower. Living in a frost free climate like I do there are always beautiful arrays of flowers to shoot with my fantastic Instamatic camera ...

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Pond Life ...
Pond Life ...

Sometimes the relentless lack of clarity and perfection that an Instamatic camera brings is just perfect for an otherwise tediously beautiful little pond ...

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