Are these pictures done with a computer?
No. The process is called “Polaroid manipulation”. It is a process entirely done by hand. Some are also hand painted directly
on the surface of the Polaroid with oils.
Is any Polaroid film good for this technique?
No. Only SX 70 Time Zero film can be manipulated with incredible artistic results although since the film has been discontinued, the Impossible Project has created the PX70 film to replace it.
Did you invent this technique?
Yes and No. We are the first to use the hot water technique to heat the emulsion which gives you an incredible constant heat source but Polaroid Manipulation hasbeen done since the 70’s with very few people in the world mastering it consistently as a fine art medium.
How long do you have to work on an image?
We have up to 20 minutes using our boiling water process. After that time frame the emulsion solidify permanently.
Why boiling water?
We find that submerging the image into boiling water as a heat source, gives to the developing emulsion a very distinctive pliability different from any other heat source.
How do you enlarged the original Polaroid?
We scan it at high resolution and also re-photograph it in the studio with medium format transparency film. Both ways give us at the end a digital file and film from which we print.
Do you print them yourself?
Yes. We have a studio where we print, matte and frame all our images.
What is the printing process you use?
We use an Epson 7500 and 9500 with archival pigment inks for our images on water color paper, canvas and photographic paper.
Are these prints archival?
Yes. The Epson 7500 and 9500 printers output prints that are rated for 200 years by the makers, since they are based on real pigment color. Thanks to technology the archival pigment inks allow artwork to be enjoyed and passed on for generations if preserved under the best conditions.
Do you add any color to the originals?
Yes and No. Most of our originals are unpainted. We do hand paint some of our manipulated Polaroids. After the original is scanned we print it on water color paper with pigment inks and then paint the entire image with water colors. We also paint with oils directly on some of our Polaroids which gives them an amazing 3-dimensional texture and vibrancy of colors.