Polaroid: Gone but not forgotten
On days where I wasn’t shooting for clients at my studio I liked to play around with Polaroid material. I used my 4x5 and 8x10 view cameras to transfer the images to water color paper, usually Arches. The surprising part of this was that during the transfer process I never knew exactly what I would get. It was a matter of negotiating that space where chance meets skill. Weirdly, sometimes chance was more cool than skill. It was fun but could get very expensive. The process was addicting and 20 shots later the box of Polaroid would be gone and I’d be out more than a hundred dollars. Those transfers had a very romantic look that can’t be replicated by any other means that I know of. I saved quite a few of them to dark storage. They haven’t faded, which does surprise me.
Digital photography has a way of making photographers strive for perfection. Polaroid transfers were just the opposite. I have been thinking about this phenomenon for a while now.