Vivian Maier – one of the world’s most mysterious street photographers

image by Vivian Maier - January 9, 1957, Floridaimage by Vivian Maier (Florida, 9 January 1957)
© 2013 Maloof Collection, Ltd.

In 2007 John Maloof, a 26-year-old real estate agent involved in historic preservation of Chicago’s Northwest Side, strolled into an auction house and placed a $380 bid on a box of 30,000 prints and negatives from an unknown photographer.

Realising the street photographs of 1950s/60s era Chicago and New York were of unusually high quality, he purchased another lot of the photographer’s work, totalling some 100,000 photographic negatives, thousands of prints, 700 rolls of undeveloped colour film, home movies, audio tape interviews, and original cameras.

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What’s not to love about Polaroid photography?

ⓒ Emilie Lefellic

I love Polaroid photography. Besides the convenience it provides, instant analogue photography is fun! In just a matter of seconds, images start to magically appear before your very eyes – now that’s instant gratification!

But perhaps the strongest appeal of all is the dreamy, retro, nostalgic feel of Polaroid photographs, their mysterious emotional weight, their inherent unpredictability, the distinctive mood generated by their intrinsic colour shifts, vignetting and artifacts.

With these evocative qualities in mind, I was delighted recently to stumble across the work of Emilie Lefellic, an English language teacher born and based in France, thanks to Diana Eftaiha’s fab blog, thedphoto.com.

Of her work, Emilie says:

Basically, I think anything can become fascinating when captured on Polaroid film because Polaroid film takes every subject into another dimension: that of nostalgia, of dreams, of memory – maybe of the unconscious. What you shoot on Polaroid film just doesn’t look ordinary or ‘real’ anymore, and that’s what fascinates me.

Here are some more of Emilie’s gorgeous images for your viewing pleasure

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Everything will be ok

Everything will be ok (animation still)

image ⓒ Don Hertzfeldt

I just stumbled across a delightfully quirky short film via the wonderful Lomography site. It’s titled “Everything will be ok”.

Created in 2006 by Don Hertzfeldt, this little gem’s been enjoyed all around the world and has received numerous accolades, including the Best Short Film (Jury Prize) at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival.

Described as “moving” and “darkly original”, this animation’s a fabulously imaginative combination of engaging little stick figure drawings and lo-tech 35mm filmography and provides the viewer with a host of sigh-inducing glimpses of life.

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