A Polaroid Elegy - My Last Year With A Polaroid Camera
by Mark F. O'Brien
About the Book
This book is really about a journey into the slightly surreal world of Polaroid photography.
Not everything you see looks the same after being shot with a Polaroid camera, and this book may give you a better appreciation for the wonderful invention of Edwin Land. The film used to create the photos in this book will no longer be available, hence the title.
Mark O'Brien is a photographer living in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Polaroids are just one aspect of his photography.
My day job is that of an entomologist/collections manager at the University of Michigan. I've been photographing since I was 14, and I use a variety of film cameras, ranging from cheap plastic “toy” cameras to Nikon SLRs and various medium-format cameras. I also use digital, and though I love my Nikon D70s, I really enjoy shooting with older manual film-based equipment. My photographs are a combination of what my mind sees, the opportunity before me, the capability of the equipment I am using, and the kind of light that is hitting (or not) the scene. Sometimes they all come together to form a great image. I'd like to think that it happens more often than not.