Years ago, when I was in university I was a Polaroid artist; essentially, I had a contract with Polaroid to share my knowledge and aid others in adopting the cameras and films for their artistic endeavors. I don’t think I ever really benefited from it financially but it was a company I had a great passion for and was happy to share what I knew which was very focused on the Polaroid transfer process.

Fast forward to today and Polaroid has gone away and been reborn, but sadly the peel-apart film industry is gone; Fuji stopped production years back leaving only a few stalwarts trying to rectify that market. I still have a cache of Fuji FP-100 film that I am carefully using before it totally spoils but when it is gone, that will be the last peel-apart films for me.

However, we still have instant film with The Impossible Project, now rebranded as Polaroid, leading the way. And although you cannot create image transfers any more with their product, their film line still allows the ability to create artwork from emulsion lifts.

I plan on creating more works this year and documenting the process for posterity, so follow the blog for more updates.

Until then, here are a few image transfers and emulsion lifts created during the pandemic using Fuji and Impossible Project (now Polaroid) films.

Batman, Samurai

Illustration of an alternate reality Batman; dressed as a traditional Samurai warrior. With the popularity of Shogun streaming now, I wanted to revisit an earlier version of this treatment with a bit more natural media feel to the piece.  Follow along here and our...

May 21

It was 36 years ago today, that I walked across the stage, what is now Miller Theater, and received my diploma as a member of the first graduation class of The University of the Arts. I had entered the Philadelphia College of Art (PCA) and during my time in Philly,...

Alien Day 24

Another day to celebrate the great Alien Day and the great LV-426 where the crew of the Nostromo first encounters the Xenomorph.

John McClane

Portrait of the great Bruce Willis in his iconic role as John McClane in John McTiernan’s 1988 action classic, “Die Hard”.

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