How I Did It :: Used Film Part 7

Orchids are beautiful subjects to photograph whether in color or Black & White. For this one I chose to photograph it using Type-55 Polaroid. I chose a special Japanese art paper called Mulberry as the background for the infused seedlings and fibers in this thick paper. It seemed to convey that quality of life and fertility. Again I chose to light the paper from behind to accentuate the seeds and textures. I decided to simply photograph the same section of the orchid and move in closer with each exposure to see the details. Each Black & White Polaroid was carefully cleaned and the blue jelly emulsion washed off in warm soapy water to clear any color cast that might remain. Once all three negatives were ready, they were each re-photographed onto another sheet of Type-55 Polaroid to create the Black & White positives you see here. Notice the subtle differences in the Polaroid edging of each image. Photographed from beginning to end with the idea of creating a tryptic image, it’s also a study in creating precise Polaroid images from negatives. 


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