Around 2005, Polaroid film was great fun as I revolted against digital photography that then felt to me like a painter might feel if stuck using the same canvas, colors and brushes every day. Also, agencies were paying photographers the same for a days worth of unlimited digital work as we used to get for one single slide. So, I found a Polaroid SX70, a day lab, some Time Zero film and started focusing on fine art photography.
The emulsion of original Time Zero film (no longer available) takes time to harden, making it possible to alter the appearance. "Vase and Flowers" below is the second live piece I created. Later, I used hand warmers and a metal plate to keep the emulsion soft while I worked pressing around the image with a wooden pottery burnishing tool. Sometimes I copied slides through the Day Lab, but most fun was doing work live as my eye saw my environment through the Polaroid lens.
Vase and Flowers will be exhibiting at The Artists' Gallery in Frederick MD, through May, 2018.
View my gallery page for a few other Time Zero creations.