Emulsional Problems

by noahveil on August 1, 2005 · 3 comments

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The first thing you’ve got to know is that these are all very fast improvisations since the emulsion hardens quickly after the picture is snapped. I’ve got ten minutes, max, from taking the shot to messing it up, and once they’re messed with, there’s no going back.

Normal photographers get to play with their negatives, making multiple prints until they get it right.

Not me. My positives are my negatives.

What I do is PHYSICAL to the actual Polaroid. I only get one shot at getting it right.

Painters do quick sketches in charcoal or pencil, then erase, recompose, make corrections before filling in the color with oils. Make a mistake? Just paint over it until it’s right.

Modern computer artists can achieve my effects using Power Goo and other graphics programs where they can work on the picture for hours to get it just right.

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  • http://www.livejournal.com/users/shadwstalkr Shadow Stalker

    Great site.  I was fascinated by your stories, especially meeting Monty Python and the porn set.

    I’ve seen this technique a few times, and I’ve always wondered how you can outline the elements of the picture so well before you can see it.  Do you just have to remember exactly what you saw in the viewfinder, or can you still manipulate it after the picture shows a little?

  • fealty2dahriyah

    does anyone use powergoo?

    fun stuff, we did a little of this in class once

  • http://www.ocremix.org/remixer/dhsu/ Dhsu

    I played with it a long time ago and am still trying to figure out exactly how to obtain the program again.  Help, anyone?

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