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The Querist of Forms: Polaroiding in Public

Polaroiding in Public 

Photography is ubiquitous in the wake of the "digital revolution." Versatile, powerful cameras are standard equipment on devices and tools from phones to vehicles. These days, no one looks twice at someone holding their phone or phone-sized camera up in the most public, everyday places: restaurants, museums, buses and subway trains, the street, the grocery store, school, etc. A traditional-looking DSLR--with its "pro" sign value, its documentary seriousness and its satisfying heft--no longer generates much interest among spectators.

My Gallery samples at Impossible Project

I've lately been adding some of my own Impossible Projectâ„¢ instant photographs to the gallery area of the Impossible website.  See them here--and check there often, as I am taking a lot of photos these days!

Recovering Overexposed Impossible Project Pics

You know the feeling.  

You set up a shot with your instant camera, loaded with Impossible Projectâ„¢ film.  You've taken every precaution against light contamination in the first few seconds after the shot exits the camera (perhaps purchasing an accessory to aid your efforts in image-shielding).  But for whatever reason--you're in a hurry, you're distracted--you later discover that you've accidentally blown out your carefully-composed photograph.  It hurts. It stings.

Seeing Double: Two Kinds of Double-Exposures with Polaroid Cameras

Ever since I got my Polaroid Spectra, I've been experimenting diligently with various "guerrilla" techniques for making and altering instant photos.  One of those techniques, the double exposure, is particularly wonderful for adventurous people who want to make equally adventurous images. The exciting truth is that these methods allow you to set up a double-exposure--combining subjects and textures and lighting conditions using your imagination & experience--without completely controlling the results!

Polaroid Spectra shots using Impossible Project films

Shot indoors using Impossible Project PZ 680 SilverShade

Indoors; PZ 680 SilverShade Black Frame

Outdoors in bright sun; PZ 680 ColorShade

Big Bang: New Studio Visit

It's been a long time since I posted about what's happening in the studio.  I've lost interest somewhat in traditional oil painting, though I'm confident there will come a time when the paint imperative takes hold once more.  I've got a stash of new canvases on standby, for when I catch the flash of motivation for the painting project I'm toying with in my head.

Instead of painting, lately I've returned to photography (the discipline I've pursued for as many years as I've devoted to poetry).
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