Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Polaroid Emulsion Lift on Paper by Rhiannon Adam

Rhiannon Adam is a Polaroid photographer based in London, and she's been working on a series of Polaroid emulsion lifts over the past year.
"I've been shooting Polaroids for more than 10 years, and have amassed a huge collection of cameras, and an extra large hole in my pocket thanks to burning through money funding my Polaroid film habit. My work largely focuses on landscapes and journeying. I grew up on a boat for much of my childhood, and my pictures attempt to capture the isolation of being one tiny boat in the big ocean, or being one tiny grain of sand on the earth's skin - it's about capturing a sense of scale in a tiny format, encouraging you to get really close to the image, to peer at it and make it your own.

My large scale composites, though a little different to my usual Polaroids, build on this. They are like threads of memories in a word association game - all tenuously strung together, part fact, part fiction, but all just as real to me. They put together odd juxtapositions and appear at first as vaguely realistic, but upon closer inspection, the perspective is warped and the scene is nonsensical. they capture a mood, or a feeling, rather than an actual place, and are again about my own personal experience of the world."
More than 80 pictures can be used in some of the larger pieces, with about 3 x that in wastage, so they really are a labour of love.

The Dreamlands, Wastelands piece joins several journeys in and around Kent, with a focus on Arlington House in Margate, and peripheral scenes from Benidorm. It is a celebration of the great British seaside.

Rhiannon has a couple more but she has a solo show in Yorkshire later in the year and she can't show them yet, so here are a few that can be shown.

Later this year Rhiannon will be publishing a book of her Margate work with Jane&Jeremy.

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