MANIPULATED POLAROID (SX-70)
Original Sculpted Polaroids evolved through the following procedures.
(1) Polaroid Time Zero film is loaded into a Polaroid SX-70 camera and exposed.
(2) Before the emulsion on the developing Polaroid picture dries it is submerged in approximately one inch of water heated to 180 to 200 degrees Fahrenheit and clamped down.
(3) The emulsion on the surface of the picture is pushed about through the Mylar sleeve using a variety of tools to sculpt and form the photographic image. No paint or ink is applied. These images are exactly as the original looks.
This explanation of our hot water technique is featured in a book available on our site. We also teach workshops.
These images are part of a collection of many subjects from our travel and exploration of our planet.
Each image starts out as a photograph and is soon worked with on the surface of a Polaroid or the image can be transferred to canvas and watercolor paper then painted entirely to create a new expression of art.
Other images were created using a variety of different techniques learned by Ken and Mario over a 30 year period.
They include montage of transparencies to create a new image, airbrushing and tinting B&W with oils as well as our own technique for original digital creations.
Explaining our techniques is best left to the workshops for intellectual curiosities. We also encourage artists to contact us if they need help or suggestions.
These printers use 200-year rated archival inks on a number of archival papers and canvas.
We can also print oversize murals for those larger than life projects.
We sign, number and inspect all editions ourselves and guarantee our work.