Recently, I began shooting the last of my Time-Zero. Polaroid photographers know just what a painful statement that is to make. The film is rapidly becoming degraded, though, and any effort to save it at this point is only an opportunity for loss. The last pack I shot had an expiration date of December 2006, meaning it was a fairly new pack of Time-Zero, and I had arranged to film these shots during their developing process with a fellow artist. The initial shots I got from it were quite black and rose, and those are the shots from the pack that I’m including here.
To shoot this pack of film, I visited the home of an artist who is a musician, painter, and actor, who is very photographable and who had agreed to help me film the Polaroids. Chad is the upright bass player for a Twin Cities band Hot Rod Hearse, and the painting in the second portrait is his own.
It was enjoyable to photograph someone who was not part of my list of usual suspects for models (my daughter, my son, their playmates, or my friend Lindsay). I liked the experience so much that I am thinking of beginning a project of photographing artists of all kinds in their natural environments.
Anyway, because we were filming the the Polaroids in their developing process, I wanted to do a few still life photos which would be simple and visually pleasing to watch develop. We took a few objects from Chad’s shelves, beginning with a ballerina figuring presumably belonging to his wife and finishing up with an evil little gnome.
There were a few characteristically blue shots from this pack of Time-Zero, but I will include them in a separate blog entry, since they do not belong visually with these.