Unpredictable Polaroid

walk on the wild side

walk on the wild side

The film and camera you choose to make your photographs are one of the fundamental decisions you have to make. Unlike a digital image, a film image is far less mutable, especially a Polaroid.

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With other film emulsions, you can change a lot at the stage of processing the film. But to alter the contrast of a black-and-white film, or tweak the colors printing from a negative is an art in itself. Much more so with a Polaroid.

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It is essential getting as much of the picture “right” in-camera —exposure, focus, and so on— for this, you must choose the right film to start with. On the other hand, the unpredictability of Polaroid is a joy in itself and attracts many people. The immediacy is part of the attraction.

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