Monday, 11 April 2011

Analogue Impossible Emulsion Lifts

Aside from my original Afternoon Tea Polaroids exhibited for the 'Analogue' exhibition, I also publicly displayed a series of PX emulsion lifts for the first time. These lifts were made using PX600 First Flush edition instant film from Impossible, and due to the sensitive and experimental nature of the film, they were quite raw with obvious flaws, which I thought fit with analogue brief quite well. After all, the nature of film is that it's an unknown until processed and the finished product relies heavily on the treatment post developing.

Scanning doesn't do these lifts justice but here are a couple from the exhibition, one floral and another fitting the Afternoon Tea series of Polaroids, exhibited along with it. You can see more photos from the exhibition on the Kaleidoscope Gallery's Facebook page.

Tuesday, 22 February 2011

Lamingtons; Afternoon Tea series for Analogue

These were 2 of my 'Afternoon Tea' series, exhibited as part of the 'Analogue' exhibition in Sydney this month. Shot on Polaroid 779 or 600 film, the colours stood up fairly well even 2 years after the film's expiration date.

Saturday, 12 February 2011

Analogue Exhibtion, Sydney

The lovely ladies at Kaleidoscope Gallery in Paddington Sydney recently asked me to take part in their group show 'Analogue,' an exhibition dedicated to the analogue film aesthetic. I was lucky enough to be able to shoot up to Sydney for opening night. No sales but a great opportunity to meet other emerging photographers interested in film.

Sunday, 9 January 2011

Yen Magazine, Photo of the Day

Yen magazine featured one of my Polaroids in their 'Photo of the Day' gallery back in September last year - I only recently discovered it!

Thanks to the lovely team at Yen!

Peony Emulsion Lift

The original PX scan of this shot is in the previous post below.

After Impossible announced that their PX black & white films could be used for emulsion lifts, I was intrigued. The original Polaroid 600 format of film could never be separated into its' components to extract the emulsion, however Impossible's new method of manufacturing film in the old 600 format has allowed this to be possible. It's a pretty exciting advancement for instant film if you're a film nerd like me.

Aside from being an exciting new format for instant film, lifting the emulsion layer from a PX shot stops the development process, halting the deadly 'killer crystal' phenomenon which has affected all my other shots using the First Flush edition of the PX600 film. From now on I'll be shooting with PX with the aim to do emulsion lifts within 3 - 6 hours after development to avoid any killer crystal degradation. As a point of comparison, the other shot in the peony post below has now almost entirely disappeared from killer crystal.

The method is simple but time consuming. Good tutorials on this method can be found on the Impossible site here or on Photo Jojo here.

Monday, 29 November 2010

PX Peonies

After the results of my last set of PX 600 images using the First Flush edition and the degradation I noticed over the last 2 months, I've done another batch of these gorgeous peony roses, with the aim to do emulsion lifts with them. It'll be my first attempt at emulsion lifts using any Impossible film and it's quite exciting. The added pressure of having images that I already like in their 600 format makes the process quite nerve wracking, I hope I don't ruin in the emulsions in the process, but I'll be doing a test one to start. If it all goes well I'll blog about it here, if not, well... we always have these scans to prove the originals existed. Wish me luck...

Monday, 23 August 2010

Adventures in Monochrome

A first run experiment with Impossible's new PX film. Loving the depth of the blacks, but I'm getting a strange blue tint coming through the darkest areas. Not sure how this will affect the image over time as it continues, but this is the challenge and fun of experimenting with new materials.
This was shot on Impossible PX600, First Flush edition.

Note 6 months on:
Both images are almost entirely destroyed from killer crystal.

Sunday, 4 July 2010

Sweet dreams

My best friend in the whole world has the sweetest cat (apart from mine, obviously) and the cutest pillowcases. Her cat's name is Bil-lee and the pillowcases are by Miranda July and feature dreamy messages which I just can't resist. You can get your hands on them here.

Saturday, 12 June 2010

High tea in London

Our final English afternoon tea in London, prepared by our amazing friends who share our love for macaroons and freshly baked scones. It was absolutely the best way to spend an afternoon before getting on a plane for 24 hours.

Friday, 28 May 2010

Thursday, 27 May 2010


Oranges from the Djemma El Fna and cool green tiles from the Cyberpark, Marrakech.

Friday, 14 May 2010

The Diner, Shoreditch

A favourite hangout in London. Amazing burgers, milkshakes and even better soundtrack of 80s music. I feel as if the waitresses should all be on rollerskates. If they were, I would work here in a heartbeat.
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