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.
Garden of Earthly Delights: a celebration of World Pinhole Day within the back-garden. During the Covid-19 lock-down restrictions, where staying at home had become the new ‘normal’, WWPD2020 presented an opportunity to explore the garden through a series of pinhole lens-less photos. My camera for the day was a beautifully retro ‘Pinhole 100’ plastic box camera manufactured by Polaroid, shooting a mixture of expired stock peel-apart instant type-100 film that is sadly no longer manufactured by Polaroid or Fuji. The garden becomes a magical realm in which to lose oneself and exposures of between 10 to 40 seconds allow for the movement of foliage in the wind to register upon the film, creating visual traces of the ethereal nature of this private space.
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Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day was celebrated on Sunday 29th April 2018, and photographers across the globe took the opportunity to get out and about with their pinhole cameras. Lens-less photography comes in all varieties from analogue homemade tins or boxes, bespoke wooden pinhole cameras, to digital conversions. My favourite choice of camera for the day was my old Polaroid Pinhole 100 camera. The real joy of experimenting with this camera is that it uses an analogue Type 100 instant peel-apart film, so for creative exposures the print can be viewed following just 60 seconds development. Negative and print sheets are sandwiched together in the film pack, exposed in camera before being pulled out through rollers, which spreads a pod of chemical gel between the two sheets, developing the image. The sandwich is then pulled apart to reveal a processed print and negative sheet.
Sadly Polaroid instant Type 100 film has not been in production for some years now, and Fuji have just recently discontinued manufacture of their last film in this format. Once my refrigerated expired stock of these films is finally used up, this little camera will become redundant, without some engineered structural modification to use an alternative film format. One slight positive will be that I will then be able fit some food back in my fridge, but that is only if I do not manage to locate a further source of film stock to fill it with!
For the past few years here in the UK it seems to have been grey and wet weather for Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day, and this year was no different, but shooting beneath a tree canopy helped to shelter camera and instant prints from the worst of the rainfall. Despite the overcast skies, I was still achieving 6-8 minute exposures on the Fuji made film. Multiple exposures under the trees created an ethereal image with subtle layers and an impression of movement from the passage of a breeze through the leaves.
Direct scans from the Fuji fp-100c type 100 instant print images shot on 29th April for Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day. One image will soon be uploaded to the WPPD gallery: http://pinholeday.org/
Windy conditions and poor light experienced during an April 30th cliff-top walk were contributing factors to long exposure images exploring a world in a state of movement. These new pinhole images and part of a new series ‘Love in Motion’.
A few more scans of the pinhole instant film shots from a Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day Caple le Ferne walk. Polaroid 100 pinhole camera with a 1-8 minute exposure on expired Fuji colour gloss type 100 instant film.
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I’ve been exposing Polaroids with my pinhole camera yesterday celebrating Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day. It was a little bit (too) breezy up on the cliffs at Capel le Ferne though and not ideal conditions for either long exposures, or peel apart instant film blowing about in the wind. Conditions did, however, contribute to suggestion of a sense of motion evident in some of the prints from my walk.
This is a scan of the first pinhole shot that morning. Polaroid 100 pinhole camera with a 1 minute exposure on expired Polaroid sepia type 100 instant film. Unfortunately after the first few shots, the developer had dried and the film pack jammed. The later Fuji prints still feel a bit too soft to scan at the moment.
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