Meet Bastian Kalous of Germany, who has this to say about his work and his presence here.
"...Instant Talent...wow!!! My name is Bastian Kalous and I absolutely don't feel like a special talent. I just feel like a man who gets inspired in nature and loves taking pictures together with my girlfriend and the dog with a passion for this instant material that works with its own fascinating rules. But yes, Instant Talent sounds great!!
Again, thank you very much for asking [me] to be part of this wonderful blog!"
Bastian Kalous, SX-70 and TZ film, 2010
How could I not be intrigued when I came across this on Flickr?
Bastian Kalous, The beauty of SX-70, 2009
Bastian Kalous, Sssccchhh. . . , SX-70 and TZ film
This is a perfect example of "Get in Close!" that the original Polaroid Corporation always counseled in their instructional material. The subject is Bastian's favorite model, Julia.
Bastian Kalous, play a song, 2011
Bastian Kalous, Hay Subway, 2010
Julia waiting for a subway train.
Bastian Kalous, beauty and beast, SX-70 and TZ film, 2010
Bastian Kalous, Miss Poppins, SX-70 and Impossible Chocolate film, 2010
Bastian Kalous, Winter Lady, SX-70 and TZ film, 2009
Bastian Kalous, leave your hat on, 2011
Bastian Kalous, pure magic, Polaroid Model 250 and 669 film, 2010
Bastian Kalous, The Little Prince, Polaroid Model 110A, 2010
Bastian Kalous, Schoki, Riverside, SX-70 and TZ film, 2010
Bastian Kalous, sunday morning, SX-70 and TZ film, 2011
"Waking up on a january sunday morning with bright sunlight is something special, here in deep bavaria!"
Bastian Kalous, lollipop, SX-70, 2009
Bastian Kalous, Blinded by Time-Zero, SX-70 and TZ film, 2009
These bottom three photos are positive proof that with an excellent model and photographer, even mechanical problems can't distract from the subject, perhaps even enhance the final product.