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Photography: Polaroid, Black & White on Paper.
Photography: Polaroid Transfer in Black & White on Paper.
This fine art nude photograph was conceived from two basic photographic techniques: the Polaroid Transfer and Negative Sandwiching. For many years I've entertained myself by spending a million hours or more playing with the technique of Polaroid Transfer. A few years ago, thanks to the advent of digital photography, Polaroid Corporation decided to stop producing Polaroid 669, which was habitually used by fashion photographers like myself as a pre-image for their clients, proving the lighting, posing and garment correctness before actually spending quite a lot of money on film and processing. The offshoot of this Polaroid film was was the Polaroid Transfer process, which completely befuddled the actual process. Instead of taking the photograph and pulling it through the camera 'mangle' and letting it process itself for two minutes, we alchemists of the technique don't believe in letting it process itself, but instead we rip off and throw away the paper part and then reposition the negative part of the Polaroid over a new archival paper substrate, carefully transferring the film onto the new paper. These originals are then scanned at high resolution and digitally manipulated as necessary to bring out the best of the process. These are then printed on the finest archival quality cotton rag papers that add a gorgeous soft texture and will last at least 100 years.