Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Color Inventiveness

The Image posted is a Polaroid Image Transfer colored with pencils that I made in Kamloops, BC in 1993, I made a number of these images using my 8 x 10 view camera, I have always loved the creative process with photography and liked to experiment with different approaches to making pictures, when I heard about this process I thought "that sounds very cool, I have to try this " so I went out and bought the Polaroid holder and a hand cranked processor ( from Calumet ) along with a box of Polaroid type 809 film, Its a little costly today about $300 (cdn ) for 15 sheets. What I really liked about this process was that by using my 8 x 10 I had only one shot to make the exposure and there would be only one copy of the finished image, kinda like a painting or drawing, which is exactly the way I finished many of these images, I used color pencils or water color paints, you might say these have been "manually" photoshopped, Its a really fun process.

4 comments:

Christopher Foulds said...

Very cool. So you take the pic with old Polaroid paraphrenalia and then colour it in?
Interesting to look at.
Looks a bit like those Varga (sp?) classics in Esquire mag.
Good stuff....

Gary Nylander said...

Christopher,

Thanks, the film is actually still available, I used type 809 8 x 10 film and yes I colored it with pencils or what comes to mind

janina said...

Nice to see something other than B+W, Gary... ;~}. I like it!
Have you tried the pencil-colouring with any of your softer B+W images, like some of those I've seen on your website?
This is something I've wanted to do for many years with some of my film pix, but just haven't got 'round to it. But, I have bought the colouring pencils...

Gary Nylander said...

Janina,

Thanks !, it's an idea of have often though about, with my ink jet printer and the right kind of paper and some practice the combination of either colored pencils or water color paints would be quite interesting.