Many people have often pondered over what happened to Atlantis.
The famous mythical island and the lost city of Atlantis supposedly sank into the ocean and disappeared forever, creating one of the biggest mysteries of all time.
But the thing is, no one can say what happened to Atlantis apart from maybe Plato, the famous philosopher from ancient Greece.
It is from Plato that the Atlantis legend was born. So it seems the only way to know the truth is to find Plato. But where can you find Plato?
Could it be that Plato dreamt up the myth of Atlantis? Or did Atlantis truly exist long ago?
I guess the mystery can never be solved unless Atlantis is found one day.
Until then, we can all stir our imagination by watching movies about Atlantis.
If you only see one movie in this list make sure you watch Atlantis, the Lost Continent (1961).
My Atlantis Story
One day I was browsing for Polaroid cameras on Gumtree, a massive online Australian marketplace that sells a wide variety of things from electronic items to boats. It’s the eBay of Australia.
This is where I came across a user called Atlantis, who had an incredible number of Polaroid cameras for sale.
The collection of Polaroid cameras looked unbelievable. Atlantis pretty much had every type of Polaroid camera available for sale, and all of them seemed to be selling for very reasonable prices.
Here is one of the Atlantis ad photos.
Atlantis even had a very rare Polaroid Big Shot for sale.
I do own a Polaroid SX-70 camera, which some of you may know about, and it wasn’t that much earlier when I found my first SX-70.
You can read about my first time using a Polaroid SX-70 camera right here.
It got pretty weird with my first series of polaroid photos, but the thing is, it got me hooked.
On reflection, my first Polaroid report seems to have been some kind of epic battle between the two Greek Gods, Apollo and Eros.
This second series is about the lost city of Atlantis and Plato.
I’m not sure how this all came about because there’s no way I could have orchestrated this myself.
The Atlantis Temple
One day I tried to contact this mysterious Atlantis user on Gumtree.
It was probably a week or two after I had seen the ad on Gumtree, mainly because I already owned a Polaroid camera. Did I really need another one?
Strangely enough, though, the Atlantean had disappeared by that time. The advertisement had vanished without a trace, so I wasn’t sure what was up.
I thought that I was too late and that all of the cameras must have sold.
Gumtree can be a bizarre online market place. The news has shown all sorts of bizarre and insane stories involving Gumtree users.
You see people stealing cars and motorbikes, people getting bashed, and all kinds of crazy stuff when buyers and sellers meet up due to Gumtree.
Was this some type of Polaroid scam?
A few weeks later, I saw the same Atlantis ad again. And again, all of the Polaroid cameras were still for sale.
There was an SX-70 camera for sale and also an SX-70 Sonar for sale at $300. When I saw the ad the last time, I was sure the Sonar model was selling for $350.
It looked like I was in luck. I would save $50 if I bought it now. Atlantis described the camera as being in perfect working order, and it looked great, so I wanted to check it out.
Due to this Atlantis person having a massive range of cameras for sale, I contacted them via their main advertisement, which showed a shelf full of Polaroid cameras.
Atlantis also had around 10-20 Polaroid individual camera ads on display.
When I contacted Atlantis, I asked for an address so I could come over and buy one of their cameras.
Soon after, I received a reply (possibly an auto-reply), telling me that the ad was no longer available.
It looked like Atlantis had disappeared once again. Let’s continue this freaky story of Atlantis a bit later on.
Here’s my very first picture of Atlantis that I took with my SX-70 Sonar. Yes, I bought another camera.
Picture of Atlantis Details
The Polaroid SX-70 Autofocus camera uses sonar technology, which bounces off a target.
It means that the camera can focus automatically as a result, which makes it much easier to take photos.
My other SX-70 camera requires manually focussing of the camera. One big advantage of the sonar model is that you can take photos much quicker.
In most of these photos, the sonar worked fine. There were quite a few other hick-ups, though, as you can probably already tell.
If you compare this image of Atlantis to the feature image at the very top, you can see that this picture of Atlantis appears washed out. You can’t see any blue ocean either.
It is primarily white looking, which probably makes the Atlantis temple look more genuine. However, this effect wasn’t my intention.
You can easily see that the feature image is way darker.
The polaroid photo also has a small strip of white showing at the top. This is because I had an issue with the dark slide.
The dark slide is supposed to come out every time you first insert a new film packet into a Polaroid SX-70 camera.
It didn’t come out for some reason when I first placed the film packet into this camera, which made me think I had a broken camera. The rollers made a noise, but nothing came out.
Eventually, I realized the dark slide was stuck on the film underneath, so I loosened it up a bit by pulling on the dark slide. This action exposed the first film in the cartridge slightly.
By doing this it did the trick, and my new camera worked fine after that. I was pretty relieved, especially after all of the hassles with my other SX-70 camera.
By the way, I now think my other SX-70 camera works as well. Unfortunately, I was previously making a big mistake.
I was pressing the camera shutter button and letting go of it almost immediately.
You have to keep your finger firmly on the red button until the film comes out of the camera.
I tested my first SX-70 camera again with three already developed photos from my first outing—when trying to take a picture of Eros.
All of the photos came out of the camera, no problem. I can’t wait to test it with a new packet of film.
Even though it was a very sunny day, I didn’t place this picture of the Atlantis temple in a dark place straight after taking it. Doing this improves your chances of getting a good polaroid.
You need to place the film in a dark place, as soon as you can, especially for the first few seconds. Then, keep it there for about 10 minutes for optimum results.
This Atlantis picture was the first picture taken with my new sonar, so it made me happy that my camera worked at least.
Plato, where is Atlantis?
When thinking about Atlantis, I started to consider how the legend of Atlantis came about.
That led me to think about Plato, the ancient philosopher from ancient Greece.
I knew about this large mural showing a picture of Plato on the side of a wall, so I decided to go there to take this photo.
When I took the photo, I set the exposure dial to about 2/3 dark.
I wanted to do this because there was this large roller dollar on the left-hand side, and I wanted to try to blur the big roller door into the picture as if it wasn’t there.
I think it turned out well. It makes it look a bit more mysterious. However, some yellow lines didn’t show up in the pic, which disappointed me a little bit.
You can also see another white door directly under Plato. It’s almost symbolic, like a doorway into another world.
I’m not sure where this particular door leads. Looking back I should have tried to open it.
The building is an Art Gallery, so maybe it was a fire exit or another way to enter/exit it, as the main entrance to the building was situated a bit further away.
The Dream of Atlantis
People, who are interested in Atlantis often wonder whether Plato dreamed up Atlantis?
Unfortunately, no one knows for sure.
Here is a sculpture I wanted to take a picture of known as The Dream.
I wanted to take a photo of this sculpture with my first SX-70 camera, but that turned out weird, nothing like this pic.
This time around, it turned out much better, but obviously, it is nowhere near perfect.
You can see a girl sunbathing on the beach on the right side of the pic as well.
The unique thing about The Dream is an inscription on a sign saying: Stand on the board and pretend to ride the wave of your life, but please don’t climb or hang from the sculpture – there might be one big WIPEOUT!
Similarly, in the legend of Atlantis, a giant tidal wave may have caused the final devastation of Atlantis after a volcanic eruption.
One very unexpected thing happened to my camera when taking this photo.
When I pointed my SX-70 Sonar camera towards The Dream, the camera kept on attempting to focus when I pressed the shutter button halfway down.
Doing this allows you to make sure the camera is focused. This was the only occasion I really tried this out on. For all other shots, I just pressed the button all the way down.
However, in this case, the camera kept going in and out of focus repeatedly. I can’t remember what I did to solve it, but luckily the picture didn’t turn out to be one giant blur.
I’m so happy the pic came out sort of ok. You can even clearly see a small sign at the bottom of the sculpture if you zoom into it. It reads: Please Don’t Climb.
There was another girl who was also sunbathing next to the one in the photo. I wanted to get both of them in the picture, but that would have meant the overall picture would have been smaller.
The other option I had would have been to cut the picture more on the left side. However, I decided that this would be the best shot to take.
At the time, I had the exposure wheel centred when taking the photo. I also made sure to place the film into a bag straight after taking it, but it still came out looking washed out.
The sun was facing the camera at about a 45-degree angle on the right side. I should have set the exposure dial darker, for sure, but I’m still ok with the result.
It is like a dream, unclear in its meaning.
How did Atlantis sink?
If Atlantis did sink into the ocean, then waves would have devoured the island.
I went crazy with the exposure dial in this photo for some reason and turned the exposure dial heaps dark. Probably around 4/5 to the dark side.
The reason why I did this is because I took this picture after The Dream.
I was desperate to see a darker blue sky in one of my photos, so I went way overboard on this occasion, and this is the result.
The green lawn even turned black! What gets me is that the brick fence in the background looks fine. You can even see people walking on the beach.
Ship in the Ocean
After that, I took a photo of some rocks in the distance that form a breakwater in the sea.
A white sailing ship was approaching the rocks that would go on to disappear behind them. So I had to act fast before the boat disappeared.
It made me think about the Atlanteans, the people from Atlantis. Did any of them escape from the destruction of Atlantis? Where did they go to after Atlantis?
I would have liked to have taken the picture while the white sailing ship was a bit further away from the rocks.
The problem was that the opportunity had nearly passed after I thought about it, retrieved the camera from my bag and set myself up to take the picture.
I’m pretty pleased with how the picture turned out. You can even see a couple of seagulls sitting on the water in this picture.
There are also heaps of shag waterbirds on the rocks. Zoom in and have a closer look.
For this pic, I had the exposure dial set to about 2/3 dark.
People by the Sea
The pic you see below is my favorite polaroid when using the SX-70 Sonar in this collection of 8 polaroids.
One sunny day I visited this popular beachside square to take a picture.
I wanted to rely on serendipity, so I decided before I went to take a photo as soon as I arrived.
The photo would include whoever I saw on these wave-like seats at the time. It didn’t matter who they were. Even if the seats were totally empty, I planned to take a photo.
Here it is. It makes me wonder who the two attractive girls were at the very front.
It was a wonderful day, and the colors seen in the polaroid are absolutely magic.
The blue sky and the white clouds impressed me.
However, there is something in the picture that seems slightly out of place. Take another look at the picture. Can you guess what it is?
Well, the photo didn’t turn out as perfect as I would have liked.
You see, I digitally modified this image, so it isn’t what you’d call a 100% polaroid photo.
I couldn’t help myself. The original polaroid photo turned out bad.
The photo you see here combines a standard digital image (slightly blurred) and the original polaroid photo I took.
The purply wave-like seating with the people in it, appear in the original polaroid photo.
I also had to darken and brighten the polaroid picture because the original photo looked extremely faint.
At the time I was very disappointed. When I saw how the picture developed I wanted to go back in time and take it again.
I didn’t place the photo in a dark place after taking it because I didn’t want to look like a weirdo, so that didn’t help either.
You can see the original picture further down, where I show all of the polaroid photos taken in this Atlantis series of pictures.
The photo above is something like a dream polaroid photo. I would have loved to have taken something like this with the sonar. I wonder if I fooled anyone?
Plato suggested that the mythical island of Atlantis could be found beyond the Pillars of Hercules.
As a result, many people believe that the island of Atlantis must have existed in the Atlantic Ocean.
This made me think about Atlantic Tower, an iconic circular tower, offering great ocean and river views on the higher floors.
The 12th floor of Atlantic Tower used to be a revolving restaurant. The floor inside the building would spin around and do a complete circuit in just over an hour, giving diners plenty of stunning faraway views.
I took this picture from across the street. The street had two lanes on either side of the road, plus car parking spaces, so it was a fair distance away.
To get this picture, I set my sonar only a touch darker, even though the sun was directly behind me. It turned out pretty good, even though it is slightly underexposed.
I didn’t know what the sonar would do in this case because there were some tree branches on the side, but the automatic focusing seems to have worked well.
One day I want to go up to the top of the Atlantic Tower and take a picture through the window of the former revolving restaurant.
I asked George from Letters to Barbara for some Polaroid photo tips in his post about the Greek Island of Anafi.
So I’ll have to go up there one day and see if I can take a good picture.
These days the Atlantic Tower is used as shared office space, so I may have to act like I’m interested in being a office dweller to gain access. I’m not sure what to do.
You can also stay at the Atlantic Tower, where you can get some awesome views from a balcony in your room, provided it is high enough and you can see the beach.
Is Santorini Atlantis?
Atlantis doesn’t have to be situated in the Atlantic Ocean.
Atlantis could also possibly be the Greek Island of Santorini (named Thera in ancient times). It is a very likely candidate.
A massive volcanic eruption around 1600 BCE caused a significant section of Thera (Santorini) to sink under the Aegean Sea. Could Atlantis be Santorini?
There are plenty of strange theories about Atlantis going around. One of the weirdest is that aliens destroyed Atlantis.
You can get an idea of this theory in the Atlantis video game myth.
The truth is that the Greek Gods must have destroyed Atlantis for some reason.
Poseidon, God of the sea, seems the most logical Greek God to blame.
Finding my Atlantis
For my final photo, I wanted to take a picture at this spot. This fence line went into the ocean and waves had destroyed a section of it.
I wanted to take a photo here at sunset, but I couldn’t wait any longer, due to eagerness, because the weather didn’t look like it would be good for at least a few more days. And I missed an earlier opportunity.
The sunset was unbelievable on one particular day, but I couldn’t find the place in time.
On the day I went back, the sky was very overcast. So I decided to take a picture as a wave crashed into the fence. It worked out quite well.
The clouds in the pic look the same as they appeared in the sky on that day. However, the rocks turned out a lot darker.
In reality, they were more browny red. I ended up setting the exposure dial slightly further to the darker side, even for this picture. Not sure why I did that. I should have centred it.
I think I’ll have to return here one day to take a sunset photo.
Plato Atlantis Pictures
Here are all of the pictures taken with my Polaroid SX-70 Sonar. As you can see, photo number 2 (my second photo) turned out extremely faint.
There is also this mysterious rectangle in the middle of the photo. It was a windy day, and the picture was flapping around in my hand while it was developing, which can cause issue.
Later on, it made me think of a parallel dimension. Maybe Atlantis still exists in another dimension.
I never realized this until after my second set of Polaroid photos. Polaroid dark slides must have a range of different messages on them.
This message doesn’t really suit this Atlantis story, but the one in my first polaroid post is incredible!
I wonder what will happen next time?
So what happened to Atlantis?
Well, I tried to contact Atlantis again, but this time through the actual SX-70 Sonar camera advertisement.
This time I actually received a reply, so I arranged a time to meet.
The person gave me an address and told me to text them when I arrived at the street corner.
I drove there, and it was like a ghost town. If you wanted to do a drug deal, this would have been the place to meet up.
There was a railway line on one side of the street. There was a large cemetery across the road, and then I noticed homeless people in a nearby corner in a carpark.
They had a bonfire going inside a large metal drum. The whole place looked deserted, apart from them.
Was this Atlantis?
I texted the person and told them I wanted to meet them in a public place where more people were around.
Atlantis replied that they didn’t have a car. I texted back, telling them to forget about it.
Then I get a reply thanking me for wasting their time.
Did Atlantis exist? I guess I’ll never know because I never turned up.
Atlantis reappears once again.
The ads kept on disappearing and reappearing on Gumtree. What still gets me is that Atlantis had a rating of Highly Rated, as you can see below. How on earth?
A few days later after, I noticed that Atlantis had changed the price of the Polaroid SX-70 Sonar to $450.
Then the ads would disappear again.
Then a few weeks later, the price had reduced to $250. None of their cameras had sold, so it was all very mysterious.
So no, I didn’t buy my Polaroid SX-70 Sonar camera through Atlantis.
That night after driving to meet Atlantis, I looked around on Gumtree again.
There was this Polaroid SX-70 Sonar Autofocus for sale that looked ok. It had been for sale for quite a long time. I had noticed it even before the Atlantis advertisements.
It didn’t look as good as the one from Atlantis, but you couldn’t tell from the photos.
This particular Polaroid SX-70 camera was selling for $220.
I contacted the seller, Henry, and he seemed friendly. He had tested it with black-and-white film and assured me that the sonar seemed to work fine.
I offered him $200 for it. He came back with a price of $210. He generously included postage in the price, so I accepted the deal.
I’m so glad I bought it. The camera is in great condition and I’d describe it as excellent.
The Legend of Atlantis
The moral of this Atlantis story is that if it is too good to be true, it probably is.
Maybe I did miss out on finding Atlantis but even if I did, I don’t really care.
And don’t worry, something better can always come along.
So, what happened to Atlantis? I haven’t got a clue.
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