Well, but my life is not only about empty spaces and lonely gardens. And my Polaroids also capture those other moments, where life abounds, around friends and family…
One of those days was just last week when a group of good friends decided that it was time to change my life, to give an end to a dark shadow that has been hovering over me for a long time now… Good friends do those things. All arranged for a meeting in a public space, away from closed rooms, away from light furniture. The time had come, time for an intervention.
And that was it. They’ve decided to offer me a bike, a All Terrain Bike, so that I cannot have more excuses for not to learn how to ride a bike.
Bruno created the hashtag #pedrotempedais, Andreia brought the bike (named as Solitary), Luis and Marina came for the moral help, Artur because he is Artur and there is no need for any other reason and Patrícia because she believes that her father one day will learn how to ride a bike.
The first step is taken. I’ve got a ATB on my patio… Now, waiting for the courage for the next step.
Located on the Rossio Square (the popular name of the Pedro IV Square) in Lisbon Downtown, this is one of the two bronze fountains imported from France in the 19th century to adorn the square, together with the typical Portuguese mosaic on the pavement.
For centuries, Rossio has been a meeting place for Lisbon people and for those who visit the city. For me, it has always been a place of remembrance, from the days in the 70s, when, together with my mother, I entered the green double-decker buses and crossed the city towards her work at IBM, or many years later, when I was in college and brought new students here for the “baptism” at the fountain…
The Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation Gardens also known as The Gulbenkian Park is a green area of approximately 7,5 hectares, right in the middle of the city and chosen by many as Lisbon best park.
In there you can find not only the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation head office but also the Calouste Gulbenkian Museum and a Modern Art Centre. In there you can also find some lakes and an open-air amphitheatre with a seating capacity for around 1,000 people.
As you can imagine, here is the right place for someone who’s looking for the right spot to be alone as well as to be with someone, almost on a communion state with nature, but surrounded by the urban caos.
You will not find many garden benches, at least in the traditional sense, although throughout the park you can see many spaces reserved to quietness, to rest.
This is one of the few benches that I can identify, or at least relate to the traditional ones.
Regarding the camera, one note. It seems that cameras Polaroid 670AF Supercolor are not so common as other Polaroid 600 cameras from the same period, even among those with Autofocus like the 660. Now, it is not a gorgeous camera or should I say that, looking at the ones that I have, it is the ugliest one, with those extreme squared corners and extra rigid lines but, even so, it takes good photos.
Once again, regarding the The Impossible Project B&W film for 600 2.0 (2nd generation), I’ve got mixed feelings. Maybe because I was not using it the right way (I admit that I rarely use the exposure adjustment feature on the cameras) or maybe I’m just not yet used, to those strong and dark blacks and those so pale greys that almost don’t exist. But I’ll give it another chance one of these days…
I keep on thinking about the Polaroid Image / Spectra format. Although enjoying the image quality of this film (just like a SX-70, with 640 ISO) I really don’t feel that comfortable with the slightly larger format… If showed alone, all by themselves, the Image / Spectra images seem to carry the same Polaroid aura but, when together with the normal size ones, it just feels… Strange.
Even so, I do adore my Image / Spectra and I’m already thinking about some specific projects to go on with it.
And that’s it. I’ve decided to start writing Impossible Polaroids in English. Why? Because after some weeks online I saw that there is no search for Polaroid subjects in Portuguese or at least, there is no relevant search for it.
Also, the few Portuguese visitors interested on Polaroids and instant photography, those that I personally know and those that I find talking about Polaroids on the Internet, all seem to get along with english language so that would not be a problem at all.
And let’s be honest, I don’t have much to say about each one of these photographs (if I had, my lousy english would be for sure, not enough for it) even having a lot to say about Polaroid, Instant Photography and images in general, but I’ll try to write about those subjects on my other web presence, my personal website at browserd.com .
So please, take it easy on me and focus on the photographs not on my orthography or my grammar errors. Of course that whenever you spot one of them, I’ll be more than thankful if you could point it out, warn me about it, so that I can correct it and learn ok?
Another Garden Bench for my Garden Bench Polaroid Project. This one was taken with a Polaroid SX-70 Sonar SE using The Impossible Project Color Film for SX-70 Golden Frame, at Parque Eduardo VII, Lisbon.
Well, I did not become a huge fan of Golden Frame film. Maybe for some special events, for some specific photos, but for my generic use… Well, it is just cute, no more than that.