In contrast to the current era marked by image perfection and digital manipulation, this series offers a profound glimpse into the slower, more intimate side of analog photography. It unveils the raw and unfiltered world of Polaroid test prints, revealing the unseen moments that unfold before the final shot.
Captured with a Hasselblad 503cx camera, these test prints were shot on Fujifilm FD-100B and Fujifilm 100C film using a Polaroid back. These glimpses into the past were taken just before the photographer likely transitioned to capturing images on 120/medium format film for the remainder of the shoots. The series consists of enlargements of the original Polaroid test prints, each measuring approximately 3 ⅜ x 4 ¼ inches and taking between 30 to 90 seconds to develop. These images remain untouched, showcasing the pin marks from their posting during the shoot and subtle stains left by the high alkaline solution that developed the peel-apart film.
These Polaroids, with their unique imperfections, serve as a compelling reminder of the significance of patience and genuine connections in a world reliant on instant gratification, the over-use of filters and often lacking in-person interactions. They encourage viewers to contemplate the magic and connection found in the universal process of waiting, together.
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