October 03, 2003
Millennium Bridge... Van Gogh-like?
This is a photo of the London Millennium Bridge taken with an ancient Polaroid SX-70 camera bought for £7 off eBay. The emulsion stays soft for hours after taking a photo and can be manipulated using sticks or anything sharp that you can find lying around. So there is no Photoshop in this picture.
More Polaroid manipulations of London similar to this one can be viewed at the Polaroid Manipulations Category
Posted by kimgilmour at October 3, 2003 08:14 PM
Hope you don't mind but I have put a link to your great blog on my site,
I find that picture amazing and beautiful. Did you try that method on other polaroids in order to perfect it?
Wow! That is so cool. Very nice.
Hei, really-really impressiv. I had no idea this can be done with Polaroid. Linked your page to our photographic site but unfortunately it's in Estonian only.
(Incidentally you can almost tell you're not a bloke from your handwriting. Most blokes handwriting is rubbish!)
wow! you should make more and sell 'em for big bucks. that's really, really awesome. can you provide a how-to guide? (What camera? What film? What manipulation implements?)
thats deadly...very Van Gogh..
check this russian photographer:
he use sx-70 too
We used to do this with SX-70s at the camera store fifteen years ago. Endless fun to give people PInnochio noses and Spock ears and what have you.
You're really rather annoyingly talented aren't you? Well done that woman.
Very cool. What film did you use? Does all polaroid emulsion have the same (soft) properties?
This technique is actually quite old, and well-documented in Kathleen Carr's book "Polaroid Manipulations" with excellent examples by Joanne Warfield. JW's site is http://www.joannewarfieldfineart.com/ -- click on Time/Zero Manipulations.
There are some more of these manipulations on this site by R. Gardiner. Just go here!
SX-70 (TimeZero) is the only Polaroid film where this much manipulation is possible. 667, 669, and the like, are 'peel-apart' so the emulsion is on the facing side. Later incarnations of pack film (for any instant cameras post SX-70) were actually engineered to reduce this instability. I remember when doing this sort of thing was considered trite (given its prevalence) by the photo/painting types at my school. I guess this makes me an old man, being surprised that people have to be told 'no photoshop effects!' when seeing something that looks so immediately (to me) like what it is.
Here is the result of the Belgian jury ;-)
Real impressive picture I must say... I guess many hours of practice have gone into that single shot. Well done indeed !
For the records, you are getting lots of visitors from Belgium as your site was featured in an ISP (www.scarlet.be) newsletter to its customers.
i'm from Belgium.
i received this link over email.
Scarlet Mailing List. (Scarlet is a big
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