My work with polaroid has helped to produce some of the more abstract work in my portfolio. Even though I grew up with polaroid cameras, it was not until 2002 that I began working with polaroid film. This coincided with Polaroid’s decision to discontinue production of instant film. I often purchased old polaroid cameras in thrift stores not having any idea if most of them actually worked. Some had faulty mechanics or grime on the rollers which allowed me to begin experimenting with damaged equipment and expired or compromised film to exploit the failures of the process. I obtained quite a bit of film left over at various stores and online. A great deal of the film I purchased was past - sometimes well beyond - expiration. The corrupted film with its nearly dried up chemicals resulted in unexpected color shifts and uneven exposures; admittedly many did not turn out at all. This coincided with the birth of the Impossible project, a company that purchased the last remaining polaroid production plant and began producing the film once again, As they began perfecting the recipe I benefited from their film which hadn’t yet been perfected.
‘Failed Landscapes’ consists of polaroids that are visually interesting in their abstractions and resemble surreal landscape reminiscent images. This collection presents a select number of polaroids created among hundreds that did not produce forms as visually interesting or thought-provoking.
I begin by creating high resolution scans of the physical objects with the intention of producing large prints to show the magnificent textures, cracks, and crystallization. Dust particles and scratches on the film remain as an indication that these objects are greatly magnified and beg to be examined up close. During the development phase, colors continue changing typically resulting in the receding of blues and purples. To capture this loss of color, some images benefit from being scanned immediately once the desirable colors have exposed.