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Scorched earth: the bushfire devastation on Kangaroo Island – in pictures | Australia news | The Guardian

WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT OF DEAD ANIMALSThe once pristine environment of Kangaroo Island, including the Flinders Chase national park, is now a barren burned land after the weekend’s fires
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Last Spectra Standing

LAST SPECTRA STANDING

Polaroid Originals released the following statements on their website on Oct. 2, 2019. “An important message about our Spectra film.”

Since 1986, Spectra has played an important part in Polaroid’s film offering and in the world of analog instant photography. With three decades behind them, these wide format cameras are now coming to the end of their useful lives. Jamming and frequent breakdowns are now affecting the majority of these cameras, and unfortunately, this is not something we can influence with our film.

After extensive testing, we have concluded that we cannot support these cameras any longer. So today, with a heavy heart, we are announcing the end of production for Spectra film.

As we share in the sadness with our community, we continue to focus on the future of analog instant photography through enhancing our core range, and through continued work on our film chemistry. We look forward to working with our community to test new products and to keep analog instant photography thriving well into the future.

If you are one of the lucky few with a fully working Spectra camera, you can still purchase the final batch on sale now for the next few months.

Thank you for your continued belief in analog instant photography,

Oskar Smolokowski
CEO, Polaroid Originals

Our manufacturing team led an intensive, 6-month testing and improvement plan on Spectra cameras and our film. We optimized the dimensions and deflection angle of the ejecting film, reduced the pod weight, and lowered the mask friction through different coatings. We also carried out multiple battery tests with different voltages and currents from different suppliers.

This fault is completely random and depends on many variables with each pack of film and the configuration of the camera circuitry. There is, unfortunately, no simple fix.

Andrew Billen
Head of Global Manufacturing, Polaroid Originals

in hindsight 08 back

Pictured above: backside of In Hindsight no. 8. 
Cover photo: In Hindsight no. 1.

First introduced in the 1980s, Polaroid’s Spectra & Image camera systems use a special wide-format instant film, and were popular in a number of professional settings, such as police forensics and medical examinations (though these days they’re more popular for landscapes and experimental photography). Their unique designs are pretty cool, and they have all types of features like self-timers and super close-up lenses too. So if you like your style with a bit of substance, look no further.


Format: 4.1″ x 4.0″ (103 mm x 101 mm)
Image area: 3.5″ x 2.9″ (90 mm x 73 mm)
Development time: 10-15 minutes

Billings cultural organizations launch North x Northwest to pair with travel writer convention | billingsgazette.com

NORTH X NORTHWEST BILLINGS, MONTANA

Featured: Susan Stone, A Congress of Crows 2019
Below: Justin W John, Two Can Play At This 2019

Sixty works of art, selected from more than 500 entries, are exhibited through October during the Yellowstone Art Museum’s first North x Northwest art exhibition.

Works of art from 18 states, including painting, sculpture, textiles, mixed media, and photography, were selected by juror Julia Andrews, director of the Coral Springs Museum of Art.

Andrews narrowed her selections to “museum-quality work, demonstrated by a high level of skill in technique, composition and presentation that would pique the interest and curiosity of the viewer,” she described in a press release.

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Two Can Play At This

According to Bryan W. Knicely, executive director of the Yellowstone Art Museum, the inaugural event offers a “sampling of the outstanding cultural programs and events that the BCP organizations have to offer each year,” ranging from art to film and music to theatre.

The largest conference and networking event for travel writers will be held in Billings. Bloggers, journalists, social media content creators, travel brand representatives, and travel industry professionals will descend on the city to explore all that Montana’s trailhead has to offer.

TBEX North America 2019 takes place Sept. 11 – 13 at the Billings Hotel and Convention Center. It’s one of two conferences held yearly by the Travel Blog Exchange across North America, Europe, and Asia Pacific.

To capitalize on all this publicity, members of Billings Cultural Partners have organized a 10-day introduction to the city’s arts, entertainment, and cultural scene. Events centered on film, music, art, history, and the outdoors are all on the docket for Sept. 12 – 22.

Bryan W. Knicely, executive director of Yellowstone Art Museum, in a press release, described TBEX as a catalyst for local cultural organizations to present Billings to conference attendees and rethink how they market arts in the region.

“Billings is the cultural center for the state of Montana, and we are letting everyone know that,” Knicely said.

Participating cultural partners include Alberta Bair Theater, Art House Cinema and Babcock Theatre, Billings ArtWalk, Billings Symphony, MINT Film Festival, Montana Audubon Center, Moss Mansion, Pub Station, SCRaP in Billings, Western Heritage Center, Wise Wonders Children’s Museum, and the Yellowstone Art Museum.

— Read on billingsgazette.com/content/tncms/live/
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