The MiNT SLR670-S (right) and the original Polaroid Alpha 1 (left) One of the frustrations of working with the Polaroid SX-70 camera is its fully automatic exposure system. As a well-seasoned photographer, I am accustomed to being in full control of setting aperture f-stops and shutter speeds to determine the correct exposure for my pictures.... Continue Reading →
From Our Windows Book Launch
Winnipegger’s new book explores self-isolation through the lens of a Polaroid camera. On December 10, 2020 at 7:00 PM CST, David Firman will hold a virtual book launch and reading via Zoom. The event is free but pre-registration is required. The registration form is here: https://www.firmangallery.com/BookLaunchRegistration. David Firman’s new photography book, From Our Windows, tells... Continue Reading →
From Our Windows, Part 12
This is the final set of Polaroids in my From Our Windows project. I could continue of course. It's not as if the pandemic has suddenly vanished. But I am comfortable with what I have captured over the past three months. When I lay out my eighty-plus little framed images, I can see a complete... Continue Reading →
From Our Windows, Part 11
This is the third and final series of Polaroid SX-70 pictures altered with alcohol inks. It has been a curious exercise. Although I apply the inks as a single, tiny dot, how it spreads across the glossy surface of the photo is totally unpredictable and uncontrollable. How appropriate!
From Our Windows, Part 10
In 1977, when André Kertész began his Polaroid SX-70 series From My Window, he started with a glass figurine, a crystalline icon for his recently departed wife, Elizabeth. In 2020, the iconography of our times is not one of remembrance and reverence but of dread and an unknown future. Midway through my own From Our... Continue Reading →
From Our Windows, Part 9
My experiments with alcohol ink on Polaroids continue.
From Our Windows, Part 8
My journey from room to room to room continues. All photographs in my From Our Windows project were taken in May, June and July 2020 with a Polaroid SX-70 Land Camera, Alpha 1, Model 2 manufactured January 12, 1977. The film used for this project was Polaroid/Polaroid Originals Color SX-70 Film manufactured by Impossible BV... Continue Reading →
From Our Windows, Part 7
This is the first of several experiments using alcohol inks to alter Polaroid SX-70 photos. The glossy Mylar image is the perfect receptor for these inks. I watch as a single drop of ink spreads out across the plastic surface unpredictably. I hope for a circle. I hope that another drop and another colour will... Continue Reading →
From Our Windows, Part 6
A few more Polaroids of light infiltrating our home.
From Our Windows, Part 5
The pandemic grows on and on and on. Regulations come and go and come and go and come again. But home remains home.