Official Residence for the Prime Minister

pedro rebelo polaroid spectra prime minister official residence site

The official residence for the Portuguese Prime Minister is a mansion, which, in confusion, is often called “São Bento Palace” but that’s the name of the nearby building, home of the Assembly of the Republic, the Portuguese parliament.

Dated from 1877, this mansion has been the official residence for all the Portuguese heads of government  since 1938.

Even so, just a few of them had really lived on the mansion. The actual Prime Minister, António Costa, is one of those Prime Ministers that does not live in the mansion, using it as his office and venue for all official meetings and receptions.

And yes, it is also my workplace.

I took this photo  with a Polaroid Spectra/Image Elite using using The Impossible Project Color Film For Image / Spectra.

p.s. And please, take a look at the Share Polaroid Photos All Over The World post.

Plastic Dinosaurs with a Polaroid 636 Close Up

pedro rebelo plastic dinosaurs polaroid 636 araki

I was at Capitão Lisboa (a gift shop at Lisbon downtown, the spot for those who are looking to buy some Impossible Project film or even some Impossible Project cameras), giving a try to some Third Man Records Edition Impossible Project film with my Polaroid 636 Close Up, I suddenly look up to a corner and saw it, the plastic dinosaur. Immediately one idea comes to mind: one of my favourite photographers of all time, Araki, and his plastic dinosaurs…

And here it is. Just that. In black and yellow.

p.s. And please, take a look at the Share Polaroid Photos All Over The World post.

Share Polaroid photos all over the world

pedro rebelo polaroid photos sx-70 view from my office window

Polaroid photos. Does materiality matters? 

I had this idea. Let’s see if I can get any of you, Polaroiders, on board.

It is true that we do love the objectness of our Polaroid photographs. That’s one of the reasons (for many, the reason) why we take Polaroid photos. However, it is also true that we feel the need to digitize them so that we can share our pleasure with others over the Internet, on blogs, Flickr, Facebook, etc…

Well, I think that there is something wrong in this process or at least, something that could go another way. If we do enjoy the materiality of the Polaroid photographs, why not share them in all their glory?

Let’s share some Polaroid photos all over the world.

So, what I propose is: Send me one of your Polaroid photos, by mail, old mail, snail mail as some of us used to say in the good old days, and in return, I’ll send you one of my Polaroids. I will also digitize and publish your Polaroid photos here at Impossible Polaroids, if you authorize me on that of course, but better than that, I’ll have the pleasure of having a real Polaroid photo taken by someone else, shared with the sole purpose of sharing. And so will you.

So, if you like the idea, please leave a comment in this post and I’ll get back to you by e-mail sending the postal address to where you should mail your Polaroid photos.

The photo was taken with a Polaroid SX-70 Sonar SE using  The Impossible Project Color Film for SX-70.