last week susannah posted about the august break 2012 and i signed up immediately. the idea is we post an image a day (or whatever your posting schedule is) and take a break from writing posts. while i still love this space, this has not been the most creative summer, and a blog vacation will do me good. having a month to work without worrying about writing nightly, or picking etsy finds, is a welcome respite. i plan to post only instant images (with polaroid, fuji, and impossible project films), so there will be a little creativity here… but i’ll be back in september with a bunch of posts so you can read about what i did in august! ciao!
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this week i finally jumped in and tried emulsion lifts. i first downloaded how-tos from the web in 1999, and they were so intimidating: 120 degree water. tongs. distilled water. 2 pages of instructions. it took me a really long time to get around to trying it.
but it really is pretty simple: boil water, place a photo (peel-apart film, polaroid or fujifilm) into a tray of the hot water until the emulsion begins to peel, then move to cold water to remove the emulsion from the photo backing. place onto a sheet of paper. that’s the jist of it!
the photo above was created using my daylab slide printer. the slide was created from a photo i took in chinatown new york a few years ago. i still need to fiddle and figure out how to reduce the rolling on the edges, but i’m ready for that challenge and am looking forward to making more transfers.
i hadn’t used my holga since my college photography class — the film is a challenge to load/unload when one doesn’t have a darkroom. so i was excited to have a means to use it again without needing to relearn how to load film.
i knew the polaroid film was expired, but i had no idea it was soooo expired. at first i was really bummed out about the state of the photos i took this weekend, but now they’re growing on me. i think they each need a story. like this:
years ago, i took a class on polaroid transfers. i fell in love with the process: i bought my own daylab, i had slides made of my favorite photos, and i did my best to perfect the image transfer technique onto paper before the emulsion completely developed. and as quickly as my obsession developed, it faded and my daylab was relegated to storage.
but finding old slides from when my parents first met renewed my interest in producing prints from slides. and the very last issue of craft had a quickie tutorial on emulsion transfers that didn’t scare me like other tutorials on the technique. so i’ve pulled the daylab out of the closet and have been fiddling.
while the polaroid 669 film i used to use has been discontinued, fujifilm’s fp-100c is a great alternative. (pARTiers – remember how much of 669 film we went through?! it’s sacrilegious to think of now!) i’m currently printing a series from slides from 1972, and wanting to try emulsion transfers this weekend. stay tuned…
friday i received a valentine package from jen. it was full of fun valentine ephemera.
saturday i joined anna and her sister ellie at highpoint center for printmaking for their free ink afternoon, and we made monoprint valentines. that night i shared a piece of cafe latté’s turtle cake with a friend.
sunday i finished my valentine mobile. and ate red and pink m&m’s for lunch.
hope your valentine’s day was sweet.
my geranium upstairs is blooming, bright red.
i’m really liking my fujifilm instax 210. i’m not a polaroid-purist: instant film is a joy for me regardless of the brand. i have polaroids from childhood that are over 30 years old, and the instant gratification still cannot be beat by digital cameras. and even though there are rumors that the impossible project is going to start producing polaroid film this year, i’m happy to support fujifilm and load up on their film stock!
i finally treated myself to my tomato soup over the weekend. and yes, i could taste fresh tomatoes and feel a summer breeze on my face.
(the moaning and groaning that go along with canning were worth it.)
hello, and welcome to february!
i’ve decided that february is instant film month here at painted fish studio. for the next four weeks, my posts will be about or photographed with instant film. i’ve got lots of ideas, and think i can pull it off, despite a full-time job and limited access to daylight hours. but i will try!
i went on a date last month, and i thought it went well. i got a little over-excited and ordered a lemonstory fall shirt dress – sunset yellow from etsy seller kimenna in anticipation of another date.
the dress arrived a little over a week ago, and i love it. the guy? he never called. but that’s ok, i have an amazing dress!
it’s yellow week here at painted fish studio, and at ayama’s sew what. i’ve been missing yellow… we don’t see it much in nature here during the winter, so i’ve been searching for it in other places.
snelling & larpenter avenues
ayama is in singapore sharing her finds with us this week. i can almost feel the warm breezes of the southern hemisphere…
we had a wonderful indian summer last week for 4 days: 70′s and warm, about 30 degrees warmer than average. work is slow, so last tuesday i took a long lunch and walked around the warehouse district, looking for orange:
a few more will be posted wednesday… happy monday!