A few things I’ve learned from attempting to shoot 4×5 / Polaroid for the first time in 2015:
• 4×5 viewfinders are a pain. Really dark, not to mention (and I already knew this) they preview the image upside-down and backwards. Tough to nail a composition when you can barely tell what’s happening.
• Polaroid chemistry doesn’t hold up well a decade after it’s expiration date, but you can get some interesting effects if you’re patient.
• It gets hot under that black velvet drape.
• I’m glad I have reading glasses now. Adjusting unfamiliar settings up close was revealing that my eyesight is changing. Ugh.
• Tilt/Shift/Swing movements on 4×5 are tough to negotiate.
• 3 minutes is a long time to wait for a bad (or good) image to reveal itself on Polaroid.
• I like digital photography a lot more than I thought.
• I have a lot to learn.
The photo below was shot today in my studio. 3 Polariods (Polacolor Pro 100 and Type 53) and a roll of electrical tape on an antiquated light table. The cameras are various vintage pieces I’ve acquired over the years.
*If I learned a few things it’s not futile, right?