Curating a series of images for a developing book project ‘Sol y Sombra / Sun and Shade’
Polaroid instant Spectra film fades from history as film production ceases and these super little cameras, like my Spectra Pro will no longer be fed. These images were made using expired 1990’s original Polaroid Spectra film peeled from pack and mounted on card.
Expired (2004) Polaroid Spectra instant film provided a starting point with which to explore the ethereal elements of chance while image making with out of date photographic emulsions. The film packs were carefully separated, then the image on film juxtaposed with the internal quasi-negative emulsion, before mounting as a collage on board.
Beyond the frame: a developing series of experimental collages expanding around Polaroid instant film images. Drawing upon a diverse range instant photographic materials, including Polachrome/Polapan slide, SX70 and type100 film bases, these mixed-media works seek to expand a view beyond the confines/borders of original instant photographs.
Adventures is Polachrome. Nikon F2 loaded with decades expired rare Polaroid Polachrome instant 35mm colour slide film. Despite being long expired, the beautifully ethereal quality of the Polaroid colours remained vivid, with a tone and grain structure somewhat reminiscent of the early autochrome process. Probably due to expired and failing chemistry, the slide film would no longer clear naturally and required a vigorous post development wash.
Lumière du jour series: New monochrome images exploring light flow and movement, showing as part of Dover Open Studios this October, which takes an online format this year. #light #dark #illuminate #doveropenstudios #eastcliffcreatives @doverstudio