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.
a portrait of a musician
portrait of an artist
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.
a dancer for sophie
another little dancer
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.
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I’ve been experimenting with ways to get color with which I can live from Artistic Time-Zero film. Sometimes it takes more than just a little of this, that, or the other to get the Polas to develop into something I like. This last batch of experiments rendered some results I love, in terms of color.
Here’s my favorite of the last set of experiments. Traces from a past life…
Traces of a Past Life
A Phalaenopsis (moth orchid)…
Another portrait of my daughter…
Surfacing from Dreams
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This winter has been very long. I had been leaving to work in utter darkness each morning and returning home to greet dusk, but, yes, there is finally daylight when I get home from work at the end of the day! Winter has made it difficult to find opportunities to shoot. Recently, however, I bought a Phalaenopsis (a moth orchid) as a prop to phot0graph in the late afternoon light in the kitchen. I also cracked open a Magic Pack of Time-Zero given to me by a special friend in addition to a pack of 100 Chocolate film that I bought from Polapremium. Shooting both types of film definitely brought a bit of levity back to my life, and the Choco turned out to be something I love.
The Chocolate Addiction: Composing with the Land camera, especially with a closeup attachment (as was done here) is not an easy thing. There is a lot of parallex error, and it takes time and a considerable wastage of film to learn to compose with the mind’s eye rather than with the viewfinder. Anyway, this 100 Chocolate film, with its rich contrast and lovely crackelure, has earned my affection along with my other favorite film types, Neopan and Time-Zero. My newly acquired love of chocolate.
Child of Mine
The Obsession: I’ve been inclined towards nurturing my own obsessions throughout the course of my life. I used to have a wild passion for orchids and owned and cared for hundreds of them! Now they find their place in my life as occasional props for Polaroid photography. Time-Zero film has been been the object of my affection for a long time now, though. I hope I’m not like the fellow in Adaptation who says, “Fuck fish“. I probably am, just a little, but I think my passion for photography is going to stick.
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Here is the continued story of the world as seen through plastic lenses…
Multiple exposures with the malfunctioning shutter of a Diana camera can render interesting results.
things get strange
More from the Diana camera…
Vintage signage from Mankato, MN. Holga with Ilford Delta 3200…
Diana camera shot of a mausoleum door in the cemetery next door to the Glensheen Mansion in Duluth, MN.
Diana camera shots from South Shore of Lake Superior in Wisconsin…
earth times three
holding up half the sky
No gratuitous umbrella shots here… It was raining, and my daughter was carrying her Hello Kitty umbrella with her.
a girl with her umbrella
Holga, Ilford Delta 32oo, and blizzard…
Finally, through January 6th, if you buy one regularly priced item from my Etsy Shop, you’ll receive a gift print. (This excludes the items in the New Year Specials section of my shop.)
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