This is a partial collection of what I call my “rocketpunk” series: an ongoing series of photos which share the common theme of the dream of spaceflight, exploration, and the “future that might’ve been” had the dreams of the 1960s carried on according to then-current predictions. Photos of real objects and artifacts that prompt one to imagine a sort of lost golden age of spaceflight, much as antique photos of airships or Jules Verne book cover art might.
Some of these photos are of actual aircraft, spacecraft and launch vehicles or engines, while other videos are of observatories used to study the sky.
Recently a company called “Polaroid Originals” (formerly “The Impossible Project”) released a bran new version of the old Polaroid One-Step instant camera. Similar in many ways to the old ones, the new One-Step’s main difference is that it uses an internal battery for power, rechargeable via a USB port, instead of the film cartridge battery used in the old cameras. This means that old Polaroid 600 film which has sat on the shelf long enough for the battery to expire will still be usable. These new cameras use “i-type” film with no batteries, and it comes in various flavors, color, black and white, colored or textured borders, etc. These are a few test shots from the first pack of film shot through my new One-Step2. Hopefully many more to come.
One of my favorite photographers is Jerry Uelsmann, who has been making composite photos for many decades, starting in a time when a “photo shop” was a dark room, not a piece of software. I’ve been doing some experiments with this technique of burning different parts of various images onto a single piece of paper to fabricate a completely new image. It’s difficult work, takes a lot of patience, and uses a lot of paper before you get something worth keeping, but it’s worth it.