Who doesn’t feel nostalgic when they look at Polaroid pictures? This unique picture frame, found at PetaPixel, also doubles as a mirror. The white plastic frame is the exact same size as Polaroid’s iconic 600 series instant film. It will take any of your new photos and make them look like they were taken yesteryear. A great gift for creatives that work at a desk or for practically anyone who yearns for sweeter and simpler times.
If there’s a set of books that those who are passionate about digital photography may want to read, it’s The Digital Photography Books by Scott Kelby. Sharing photographic “tricks of the trade,” Kelby gives tons of tips on how you can graduate from being a beginner photographer to a more professional one. Light-hearted and fun, these books are easy to read and written in a conversational tone. For those that are new to photography or in the intermediate stage, these books are sure to take you to the next level.
Sure, it’s more kitschy and cute than practical, but how can you not love this almost microscopically small camera that takes 2-megapixel photos and video? Japanese design studio Powershovel created this minimalist camera called Clap, which has a built-in USB 2.0 connector that can be used to both export files, as well as recharge the camera’s internal Li-ion battery. Weighing just 24g, you’ll want to take this little guy everywhere. The MicroSD card is sold separately and supports up to 16GB. The cameras come in three different colors: red, blue, and black.
Are you looking through an airplane window? Not quite, but what an illusion! Korean James Kim is the designer behind these clever frames which are sold at the popular blog DesignBoom. Just add a nice picture of the sky and you’ll always feel like you’re up in the air, or throw in aerial shots of some of your favorite cities like New York, Toyko and Paris to imagine yourself on an eternal vacation. Airframes are all white and come in a pack of three. They each hold 8″x10″ photos.
Though the story of photographer Vivian Maier is fascinating enough, take one look at her street photos and you’ll be entranced by the images. A professional nanny, who from the 1950s until the 1990s took over 100,000 photographs worldwide, it’s shocking to find out that Maier was almost unknown. It was only until local historian John Maloof purchased a box of Maier’s negatives from a Chicago auction house that the photos even saw the light of day. Now, presented in the first time in print, we’re able to see her incredible works in Vivian Maier: Street Photographer. This book is great for those that are interested in experiencing top-notch street photography that feels beautifully timeless.
Which of these gifts would you buy your friend?
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Alice Yoo is the founder and editor in chief of My Modern Metropolis, a place where trendspotters and art enthusiasts come to connect over creative ideas. After graduating from UCLA with a Bachelor’s in Economics, Alice received her MBA, worked in advertising for MTV and then started My Modern Met in 2008. With over 3.2 million page views per month, My Modern Met is one of the leading art and culture destinations on the web.