Monday, June 22, 2009

Polaroit Lift And Transfer

Today's photos might not be photos at all, depending on how you define photography (I'd say they are). They are a Polaroid lift and a Polaroid transfer, both made from the same 35mm slide. They weren't made with a camera, which is why you might not regard them as photos.

Polaroid lifts and transfers are both pretty standard photo manipulation techniques (Polaroid film is no longer being manufactured, although people have been working with Fuji instant film with limited results). What makes these different is that I didn't start with a photograph when making them. I cut a piece from a magazine page, stuck it in a 35mm slide mount, and used that as the image I exposed onto the Polaroid film.

The image at the top of this post is a Polaroid lift, made by soaking a Polaroid print in hot water until the emulsion separates from the paper backing, then transferring it to a new surface.

The image at the bottom is a Polaroid transfer. Polaroid transfers are made by placing the negative side of a Polaroid peel-apart print (type 669 film) onto wet paper and braying it to transfer the dyes to the paper surface.

Over the next few days, I'll post more examples of these. As always, your comments are welcome.

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