Pixels and Polaroids Puts Pixelated Characters Into Vintage Photographs
If you took two components from our collective past, one digital the other analogue and both glowing with nostalgia, then combined them together to form a mega-nostalgic retro fusion you might come up with something like Pixels and Polaroids.
The project is the work of Jherin Miller and uses “pseudo-Polaroid photography and retro 80s era video game graphics” to create images that merge the physical and virtual in an ode to the past, with pixelated kids hanging out and skating.
My goal was to combine retro film photography and retro digital graphics into one interesting world, and you get to view this world and its inhabitants through these “photographs”. The experiment was the result of working on my video project: Where the Sun Sleeps. During the making of the video, I thought: “What if instead of basing the characters in this pixelated world I used real world footage as the setting and had the pixelated characters interact with things in the real world”? Already committed to my original project I thought about other ways I could express this concept. That’s when I had the Idea of mix-ing the 2 retro elements of Polaroids and pixel art, and this is the result of that idea.