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Photography: Polaroid, Black & White on Paper.
This Fine Art nude photograph was conceived by shooting the image and then applying a Polaroid Image Transfer Technique. For many years I've entertained myself by spending a million hours or more playing with the varied techniques of Polaroid Image Transfer.
A Professional History of Polaroid:
Polaroid Corporation produced a very high end film product called Polaroid 669, used by fashion photographers like myself as a pre-image for our clients, usually the art directors and creative directors of fashion magazines and clothing retailers, with the aim of confirming the lighting, posing and garment suitability before spending quite a lot of money on colour and black & white 35mm or medium format transparency film and processing. A typical day of fashion shooting yielded an average invoice of $1,000 just for the film and processing, and the Polaroid bill often came to $500 or more, showing just how important the Polaroid was considered at the time. With the advent of digital photography, the very expensive Polaroid film and transparency films have been replaced with a much more practical, digital method that saves clients thousands of dollars on every shoot they now produce.
A Fine Art History of Polaroid:
The Fine Art derivative of professional Polaroid film is the Polaroid Image Transfer Technique, which completely befuddles the ‘normal’ guidebook process.
Fine art photographers have discovered that by altering the usual practice of creating a Polaroid image, we can re-adjust the process to create an image much more emotional in feeling than recommended by the manufacturer.
I have used several different methods to rearrange or extract a Polaroid image, including boiling the gelatinous top layer of film from it’s substrate and placing it onto a new recipient, or suspending it in water & other interesting re-placement techniques. The outcome is then scanned at high resolution for the ability to print high quality images at varied sizes, using the archival Giclee process. Archival Giclee printing achieves the very highest industry standard and is known to be able to last more than 100 years, and much longer if protected carefully.