Thursday, September 11, 2008

fading nostalgia: Polaroid adventures on Route 66

A few of the things near and dear to us here at Vintage Roadside are neon signs, road trips, photography, mom and pop motels, and if you can throw in a giant fiberglass statue or two, you've hit a home run. Christopher Robleski has managed to gather all those and more in his new book of photography titled fading nostalgia: Polaroid adventures on Route 66.

In our opinion what makes this title stand out from other Route 66 titles is the use of the Polaroid camera for the photographs. What better way to capture the feeling of a time gone by than to use the camera that not long ago offered the same instant gratification as many of the places featured in the book. Now that the Polaroid appears headed for the same horizon as many of the places in fading nostalgia the medium could not be more appropriate.

The book itself is 80 pages, and along with each photo is a simple line of text listing the location of the shot. You may be familiar with some of the places featured while others will make you wonder how you may have missed them in your own travels - just what you'd hope for a book of photography to do.

You can read more about fading nostalgia here and also preview the first 15 pages. The book is available in 3 versions starting at $19.95.

In addition to fading nostalgia, Christopher maintains a wonderful set of photographs on Flickr. You can find his work here.

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