14 September 2009

Polaroid Transfers

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While I was cleaning out my closet this weekend I ran across a box of old photos, slides and negatives from years ago when I took a photography course while living in Birmingham. I loved taking those courses! My professor was Iranian and looked just like Albert Einstein. I kid you not - see for yourself! He required all of our photos to be taken on slide film so that they could easily be displayed and critiqued in class. I had to take an entire roll of 36 exposures a week for the class. That's alotta photo takin'!

Among the slides and negatives I also found this set of Polaroid transfers that I made. Polaroid transfers are made by exposing peel-off Polaroid film (these were made with 669 film) and then tearing open the pack before the photo is fully developed and transferring the image to another surface (these are on watercolor paper). You can use a Polaroid camera for this or a little machine that will transfer slide images onto the film - all those slides finally came in handy! I love the soft focus, grainy effect you get when transferring the images. Each one ends up a bit different depending on your timing and the conditions you're working in.

Finding these makes me want to get back to doing some hands-on photography work, rather than all digital and photoshopping. It also really makes me sad that Polaroid is stopping production on their film. What's going to happen when it all runs out?!

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26 comments:

auxpaysdesmerveilles said...

These are so lovely! I must try polaroid transfers myself!

Alice said...

I never knew about that technique, it does give a lovely, blurry effect...you should get your hands on some more film before it runs out, these are beautiful!
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Lexie said...

these are so lovely!

i hear disposable cams are making a big comeback because of the weird light blurs and lack of clarity.

BARGAIN BEX said...

One of my many design daydreams includes having an entire wall dedicated to polaroid shots of outfits and key items that inspire me ... I do feel a little tightness in my chest now ... worrying it may never come true and have to stay a good old pipe dream since polaroid is leaving us forever. *Sigh*

Beautiful photographs. Hope you got an 'A' from trusty Albert (and yes, it's an uncanny resemblance) ;)

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Diana said...

Some people are working really hard to bring Polaroid back.
Read more here:
http://blog.urbanoutfitters.com/features/polaroid

skinnyGLASSESgirl said...

I think also another company bout the rights or something? you can buy some cool stuff over at polarpremium

corrie said...

Oh wow, I used to LOVE making these! Somewhere in my childhood bedroom lies a large stack. I wonder if you can still buy expired pack film on ebay. I totally want to make some more now!

jayne said...

these look great! i love the last one, such farm americana in the best possible way

little my said...

Wow! this seems like a wonderful technique! I think I saw some on flickr but I never knew how they're made... These look quite wonderful!
Losing Polaroid is really sad, especially if you didn't have the chance to experience it(self-pity rant over)

slovly said...

Really cool pics. I love how they look old but are color.

april said...

Those photos are lovely! I've been thinking the same thing lately; I used to take several rolls of film a month, but since I got my digital camera my old clunker of an SLR has been tossed to the wayside. We're missing out on years of ephemera here!

Oliphe Butarbutar said...

Those picture look amazing!

Maggie said...

http://www.the-impossible-project.com/

This group is aiming to have new film for old Polaroid cameras by 2010! I hope they really do it, I love making polaroid transfers too!

CMA said...

these shots are so much fun!
loving it..thanks for sharing

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Matt said...

you should get a fuji instax camera! it suffices my instant photograhy addiction, the pictures come out so fantastic =]

Rose said...

Great photos!!
And i agree the teacher looks like Albert Einstein hehe

Rose

Laura @ effluvia said...

These look really neat. I like the last two :)

H to the izzo said...

Oh, I absolutely LOVE Polaroid transfer. Thanks for sharing!

Abbey at MilkChildren said...

WOW, this is amazing. call me ignorant i have never heard of this before!

Varpu said...

Ah polaroids! amazing :) All in all you have fantastic pictures in your whole blog, keep up with the good work!

beckyxoxo said...

lovely photos ! i love polaroids :)

felice said...

please check out: http://www.the-impossible-project.com/

there is a chance that polaroid might be saved and reprooduced!

R. said...

I was going to mention the impossible project as well but I see others have beat me to it, haha. These are really lovely. There is something so wonderful about film as opposed to digital. I'm trying to shoot a roll every month or so because I really love it.

Polly Farthing said...

Those photos are wonderful, the effect is so beautiful. I'm really disappointed Polaroid has stopped producing film - what's going to happen?! Better stock up quick!

Polly x

Anonymous said...

Apparently, and fortunately, Polaroid was bought out to another company who are going to continue the film production, so you may be in luck. Otherwise, if it isn't true, you could always stock up on a lot of film, and I mean enough to last you at least 50 years! Lovely photography. Good luck with all that you do. :)

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