Christopher J Osborne

PolaroidOrkney

In 2012 (10 years ago as I write in 2022... how time flies!) I visited Orkney. Since I was travelling by car I had fewer restrictions on how much I packed than usual, so I had 3 (count them...! 3!!) Polaroid cameras with me together with a wide selection of different mostly vintage and out-of-date film, including my last stocks of the beautiful Polaroid SX-70 TZ_Artistic colour film. Major attractions for Polaroid photography for me were the Italian Chapel, built by Italian WWII prisoners of war on the now uninhabited island of Lamb Holm, and and the graveyard attached to St. Magnus' Cathedral in the main Orkney town of Kirkwall.

But one of the most photogenic locations was the place we called home during the trip: Skail House, built in 1620 by the Bishop of Orkney and located next to the Skara Brae neolithic village. They have converted the north wing of the mansion into 2 holiday flats, but there was space for a third which was awaiting refurbishment and was in a state of near dereliction. I spent a couple of afternoons in this part of the house as it made a wonderful subject for all the vintage Polaroid film I had with me.

I also have a gallery of digital photographs from Orkney in the galleries section of this website.

Orkney gallery 1

Bay of Skail
Polaroid SX-70 TZ-Artistic film, Polaroid SX-70 camera

Orkney gallery 2

Path to Tomb of Eagles
Polaroid SX-70 TZ-Artistic film, Polaroid SX-70 camera

Orkney gallery 3

Italian Chapel 1
Polaroid SX-70 TZ-Artistic film, Polaroid SX-70 camera

Orkney gallery 4

Italian Chapel 2
Polaroid SX-70 TZ-Artistic film, Polaroid SX-70 camera

Orkney gallery 5

Italian Chapel 3
Polaroid SX-70 TZ-Artistic film, Polaroid SX-70 camera

Orkney gallery 6

Italian Chape 4
Polaroid SX-70 TZ-Artistic film, Polaroid SX-70 camera

Orkney gallery 7

St Magnus' Cathedral Cemetery 1
Polaroid SX-70 TZ-Artistic film, Polaroid SX-70 camera

Orkney gallery 8

St Magnus' Cathedral Cemetery 2
Polaroid SX-70 TZ-Artistic film, Polaroid SX-70 camera

Orkney gallery 9

St Magnus' Cathedral Cemetery 3
Polaroid SX-70 TZ-Artistic film, Polaroid SX-70 camera

Orkney gallery 10

>St Magnus' Cathedral Cemetery 4
Polaroid SX-70 TZ-Artistic film, Polaroid SX-70 camera

Orkney gallery 11

Abstract
Polaroid SX-70 TZ-Artistic film, Polaroid SX-70 camera

Orkney gallery 12

Barbara Hepworth sculpture, Stromness
Polaroid SX-70 TZ-Artistic film, Polaroid SX-70 camera

Orkney gallery 13

Skail House 1
Polaroid SX-70 TZ-Artistic film, Polaroid SX-70 camera

Orkney gallery 14

Skail House 2
Polaroid SX-70 TZ-Artistic film, Polaroid SX-70 camera

Orkney gallery 15

Skail House 3
Polaroid 100 Chocolate film, Polaroid 350 camera

Orkney gallery 16

Skail House 4
Polaroid 100 Chocolate film, Polaroid 350 camera

Orkney gallery 17

Skail House 6
Polaroid Image Soft Tone Edge Cut film, Polaroid 1200si camera

Orkney gallery 18

Skail House 7
Polaroid Image Soft Tone Edge Cut film, Polaroid 1200si camera

Orkney gallery 19

Skail House 8
Polaroid Image Soft Tone Edge Cut film, Polaroid 1200si camera

Orkney gallery 20

Skail House 9
Polaroid Image Soft Tone Edge Cut film, Polaroid 1200si camera

Orkney gallery 21

Skail House 8
Polaroid Image Soft Tone Edge Cut film, Polaroid 1200si camera

Orkney gallery 22

Skail House 9
Polaroid Image Soft Tone Edge Cut film, Polaroid 1200si camera

Orkney gallery 23

Skail House 10
Polaroid Image Soft Tone Edge Cut film, Polaroid 1200si camera

Orkney gallery 24

Skail House 11
Polaroid Image Soft Tone Edge Cut film, Polaroid 1200si camera

Orkney gallery 25

St Peter's Kirk
PX100 Silver Shade (2nd edition) film, Polaroid SX-70 camera

Orkney gallery 26

West Mainland
PX100 Silver Shade (2nd edition) film, Polaroid SX-70 camera