As somebody who has studied photography and works, to some extent, with photography professionally, I sometimes find it rather odd that my go-to camera is my iPhone and my top method of sharing is Instagram. A testament to the quality of images that these tiny pocket-sized phone cameras are able to produce, it’s amazing how rapidly they have replaced the standard consumer-level camera. With the ability to take shockingly good photos and apply any number of post-processing effects, the sheer convenience of the phone camera now outweighs having to lug around a clunky DSLR everywhere. As much as I love Instagram, Hipstamatic, and apps of that ilk, I sometimes still long for more analogue ways of showing my photos off. I’ve been printing Instagrams on my own for some time now (see our recent post about Instagram prints), but occasionally there’s a product or service that takes this concept to the next level. Projecteo, for instance, is a recent Kickstarter success that combines digital images with classic 35mm developing techniques to produce Instagram slides that can be projected onto your wall. All you need to do is send in your photos and Projecteo will print them onto a miniature slide wheel using a single frame of 35mm film. The wheel can then be inserted into Projecteo’s pocket-sized mini projector, a device that, although quite tiny, uses the same projection technology as its larger counterparts.
Of his fabulous invention, Projecteo’s founder Ben Redford writes,
The spark for Projecteo came when I found a Rollei P35 projector in a London market. When I took it home, I was enthralled by the warmth of the images it projected. There’s no digital image that can match it. When I took it apart, I saw that the mechanics could be miniaturised. I thought that using Instagram images would bring this magical warmth to how we take photos now.
The developing process seems magical and mysterious to me. Chemicals reacting in vats of liquid to make incredibly rich, beautiful, and unique images still fills me with a sense of awe. It also reminds me of being a kid. My Mum and Dad used to have loads of slides and I used to love the excitement of going through them.
Magical certainly seems an apt term to describe this lovely amalgamation of old and new technology. Although Instagram works to impart a bit of old-fashioned flair to photos, Projecteo takes it to entirely new heights—allowing you to view your images as if through a time machine. Its tiny size also allows it to function as a great gift or stocking stuffer! Check out more photos of Projecteo after the jump! —Max