Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Goopy Love

*some content may not be suitable for the immature...Goopy LoveSo, we are deeply IN LOVE with Polaroid peel apart pack film, if you haven't noticed yet. For all it's contours and charm, but most ardently, for it's Goop! Lately we've had some romantic excursions where the chemistry has been nothing short of magical... Though all instant pack films stir our passion, there are a few that specifically turn me on. I figured that I would share the insights I have learned from our experiences between the sheets, for any novices out there. Peeling back pack film can be quite a sensual though sometimes messy experience. Once you reveal the surface of the print you cant help but get all goopy. So here is a glimpse into the ewey gooey details of our love life!
Photo cred on the above to Miss Serra Unger and her very own Polaroid magic worked on a classic VW. Testifying that the ladies can get goopy too.
Goopy LoveThis one was taken in Silverlake at the late great Elliott Smith Figure 8 wall outside Solutions Repair on Fuji FP-3000B. About 1 stop overexposed. Titillating huh?
Goopy LoveThe three here are also on the 3000B at a Stephen Malkmus and The Jicks show last weekend. A coed 90's super-group that proved Rock n' Roll is really great for lovemaking. Polaroid lovemaking of course!
Goopy LoveThis film goops the quickest. It only takes about 15 sec. to process, and that's a good thing! But you can keep it going longer than that and it won't hurt either side. ;-)
Goopy LoveThe best thing to do is just lay the negative side out for a couple hours to rest after chemistry has worked it's magic. Then you can lay it down on a flatbed to finish the fun.
Goopy LoveThis one is of Matthew Parsons in his intimate practice space. Modesty does not become this film... If you "flash" expose the negative after you peel it off you can solarize the shadows into a lustrous positive! This is my favorite technique!
Goopy LoveThese two are of Lee Koch and The Grinders at a bar on the 3000B. Notice how the goop contains more tonality than the print.
Goopy LoveThe reason these ones look extra crusty is because they weren't scanned for a few weeks. I've tried relieving the chemistry away from of the negative but it just ends up a huge mess. If you are very careful you can pull it off without ruining the process.
Goopy LoveThis shot is just a snapshot of some friends hanging outside of Intelligentsia Coffee, also on the 3000B. Notice the peeling edge? That's from removing the protection that holds in the chemistry on the goopy side, after it's dried out. It's best to gently pull it off while it's still moist.
Goopy LoveThis one is of Old Greg at the Old Town Smoke Shop on the Polaroid 100 Sepia ISO 1500 from Polapremium. This ethnic beauty with it's copper complexion is smokin'! Too bad it's stuck in the minority... I will miss my sweet Brown Sugar.
Goopy LoveLast but not least we have the sensitive but colorful Polaroid 125i. This film has amazing colors and you can do transfers with it! Much more pleasing than the 669 and more versatile with varying temperatures (color and Fahrenheit). The trick is to hide the messy stuff in the dark until it dries out. Then you can rinse it off gently to reveal it's true beauty underneath. I was a bit too rough with this one.
The main thing to keep in mind with gooping is to allow for a bit of serendipity which leads to true excitement. I leave you with the words of Mick Jagger...
"Don'cha think there's a place for you,
In between the sheets?"
Now I understand this process can be perverted into all kind of innuendo, but please... We're all adults here. Keep your comments clean.


Jonnie said...

Oh I get it. It's like sex.

Brian said...

ummm... It's like sex, insomuch as it is pure in it's right context.