Hipstamatic sandwiched this year’s summer in the Northern Hemisphere’ between Brazilian and Argentinian impressions, with a brief inexplicable excursion into East Sussex. It will be some time yet before the beneficial effects of a cooler season will make a comeback to these river banks. August was too warm for productivity and physical fitness, and the well-informed promise September will be slightly worse. Mr K—should I rather call him señor, given the occasion?—and I didn’t have much time to go around, snapping pictures or doing wild doggy things. We had time to play ball however, but most of it was performed only after the warmest hours of the day, because earlier His Canineness refused to move. Mr K is still waiting to be summoned by a football national team and be given the chance to show off. Being a dog, of course he doesn’t care much about nationality and as an Icelander with some degree of international experience he doesn’t want to play in a team that seldom gets any excitement. Any national team will do, but Argentina is about as welcome as it can get for stroking his ego.
In spite of the heat, we’ve been training very hard, but results are frankly not too encouraging, at least from the camera-wielding person’s point of view. For the non-benefit of your eyes, we documented a few minutes of intense indoors ball playing with the new Buenos Aires Hipstapak that Hipstamatic released hours ago. The pack is inspired by the photos of Argentinian photographer Diego Uchitel, and in special way by his extensive work with the Polaroid medium. In our feeble attempts to conquer a spot in canine South American football’s history and to gather samples to write this article, we started with the Blanko C16, a warm and desaturated borderless film effect that, in Mr K’s opinion (I’m pretty sure it was his reputed sweet tooth speaking), turns everything in the world into mixed berries yogurt. We then switched to the other film in the Buenos Aires pack, the Uchitel film, a dusty and faded monochrome with strong analogue influences. In both instances we used the Diego lens, which adds a cool violet toning to shots taken with it.
The new Uchitel, that’s a fine one, indeed. The only complaint I have about the film concerns its being a little too, well… bordery? Apart from this, I enjoyed the Hipstathings I got and Mr K liked the wrestling vs ball playing. To each his own. And speaking of owning, if you want your Buenos Aires Hipstapak, you will find it in-app for $.99.