Shake It! A modern Polaroid love story
A tender look at two modern photo technologies - Polaroid and digital photography - and the human and visual connections we make with them.
Can you hear it? Click, whir, wait, shake - ahhhh!
Taking a Polaroid picture is a totally sensory experience. But it is more than just the sensation of a snapshot; there is something special and social about seeing, giving & receiving that white-framed photo.
Taking and sharing instant digital photos these days is second nature. But what is it about that white-framed, square pic that survives in our digital lives (hello, Instagram)? Does it make moments more special? Do the vintage-y filters make our art history? Or our history art? Why has the Polaroid design so clearly marked current digital photography apps and photography memes? This nostalgic devotion is simply amazing – and Polaroid is seeing a recent resurgence in popularity, even as a Polaroid Museum opens in Las Vegas in Spring, 2014.
We look at these human and visual connections in “Shake It", an hour-long public radio documentary. We weave personal narrative with interviews with experts and enthusiasts in the world of art and film, Polaroid history & digital photography, technology and design. "Shake It" has rich and diverse music, sound effects and sound beds - including shutter clicks, a vintage Eames Studio ad for Polaroid, a pop music parody and more.
Hear vox pop and short interviews with Polaroid photographers and enthusiasts, such as polaroidsf.com . We talk with Christopher Bonanos , author of “Instant: The Story of Polaroid.” And with Dave Bias, who created savepolaroid.com and now is Vice President of The Impossible Project , a company that saved hundreds of thousands of vintage Polaroid cameras from extinction. And we sit with Gus Van Sant , noted film director and Polaroid photographer, to talk about how he used Polaroid photos in his creative process.
Produced by Vanessa Lowe and Megan Jones. Edited and mixed by Vanessa Lowe. Narrated by Megan Jones.
Shake It! Is a 51-minute radio documentary.
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More info at www.modernpolaroidlovestory.com
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A broadcast quality version of Shake It! can be found on PRX (Public Radio Exchange), HERE.
Shake It - A modern Polaroid love story had it's debut broadcast on WNYC in May 2014, and has played on over 50 radio stations coast to coast, including:
WNYC - New York, NY / KQED - San Francisco, CA / KALW - San Fracisco, CA / OPB - Oregon / KZME - Gresham, OR / KBOO - Portland, OR / KWGS - Tulsa, OK / South Dakota Public Radio / KUT - Austin, TX / KCPW - Salt Lake City, UT / KPTZ - Spokane, WA / West Virginia Public Broadcasting / Nevada Public Radio/ KKFI - Kansas City, MO / WKDS - Kalamazoo, MI / WSIU - Carbondale, IL / WFPL - Louisville, KY / KDBN - Parachute, CO / KGOU - Oklahoma / WCBE - Central Ohio