October 03, 2003

Millennium Bridge... Van Gogh-like?

millennium bridge london, van gogh style
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 | TrackBack

Hope you don't mind but I have put a link to your great blog on my site,

Posted by: chris at October 5, 2003 09:29 AM

thanks a lot!

Posted by: kim at October 5, 2003 08:18 PM

I find that picture amazing and beautiful. Did you try that method on other polaroids in order to perfect it?

Posted by: kmcdon3960 at October 10, 2003 05:13 AM

Wow! That is so cool. Very nice.

Posted by: Swami Prem at October 10, 2003 06:27 AM

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.

Posted by: Teller at October 10, 2003 09:03 AM

VERY Cool! I took a photo of the millennium bridge myself recently, but nowhere as cool as yours! ;-)


Posted by: Anders at October 10, 2003 11:51 AM

That's wonderful

(Incidentally you can almost tell you're not a bloke from your handwriting. Most blokes handwriting is rubbish!)

Posted by: Mr Striding at October 10, 2003 01:31 PM

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?)

Posted by: vladsi at October 10, 2003 01:34 PM

thats deadly...very Van Gogh..

Posted by: Davida at October 10, 2003 02:03 PM

great work!

check this russian photographer:


he use sx-70 too

Posted by: fedor at October 10, 2003 02:16 PM

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.

Posted by: Chaz Larson at October 10, 2003 02:30 PM

You're really rather annoyingly talented aren't you? Well done that woman.

Posted by: BMcC at October 10, 2003 04:24 PM

Very cool. What film did you use? Does all polaroid emulsion have the same (soft) properties?

Posted by: Joerg at October 10, 2003 04:38 PM

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.

Posted by: eliasvail at October 10, 2003 04:59 PM

There are some more of these manipulations on this site by R. Gardiner. Just go here!

Posted by: Kim Gilmour at October 10, 2003 09:13 PM

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.

Posted by: o+ at October 13, 2003 09:19 PM

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.


Posted by: Vincent D'Haeyere at October 13, 2003 10:39 PM


i'm from Belgium.

i received this link over email.

Scarlet Mailing List. (Scarlet is a big
telephone company)


- Dai. -

Posted by: Dai at October 14, 2003 04:11 PM

You are the DADDY.

Posted by: Michael at October 15, 2003 12:17 AM