The Instant Print ( Polaroids )

Polaroids

I have purchased a polaroid like camera . The fuji instamax neo 90 mini .

I was interested in exploring the materiality of the polaroid as a photographic object . An instant memory , a representation of reality as an instant physical photographic object . A photograph as an image of time and space . A framed icon of the past made into a physical memory before our eyes . How is this perceived in our minds ?

This instant image has a function to the viewer and to the person who took it , according to photographys rules . With old photographic processes the image takes time and skill to produce . Each different process implys its own materiality and notions .

There are still artistic skills used and needed in the taking of a polaroid especially now with the new fuji neo 90 , but all the developing process is cut short and done for us . I still sense the nostalgic “ satisfying – like “ feelings of excitement when I hold the polaroid . It is like I am developing it myself at the touch of a button , because it is what it is and has a great material form which comes out of the camera instantly as you press the shutter it seems more valid and artistic to the “touch” . You can take part in holding the memory straight away , being a more materialistic part of it .

I feel like I want to carry them on my person . It is to me a finished object although I feel like I want to play with and create something else from these objects . Why do I feel as I want to wrap the polaroid up in a valuable substance or material . I want to procure them in a safe place or hide them in secret location as I would treasure .

I cannot and will not change it anymore . Its materiality is different to say digital which I could work on after the image has been taken ( in photoshop ) . With a polaroid it is instant , but final and in more different ways it is satisfying in its own right . With other formats of film there is an exposure to light and then a time interval until it is developed in the dark room . A polaroid has an exposure to light but is instantly developed with no time gap between the exposure and the developing ( Could that time gap make any difference to the image in any slight way ) ?

Maybe a polaroid is more truthful in its representation of reality . I think I would trust a polaroid more that a digital , would you … ? I also enjoy the polaroids frame its thick chunky bottom and thin white borders are part of its history and are bondingly nice to the touch . It has a sensation of gel like thickness that I find appealing . When I was a child I had strong urges to deface the polaroid and look inside at what it held . This feeling of more inside the image attracts me to it even further after a while of using it .

My curiosity to look inside obejcts and find out how they work when I was young deeply extended to the polaroid . I used to enjoy destroying it . I felt like it had a working inside mechanism which I wanted to discover . I wanted to collect them and keep them safe as valuable objects , which I find I am doing again but with a greater hunger – like satisfaction because I have aged and gained more understanding of the photographs nature .

I think a polaroid brings your subconscious yearning into a reality quicker and more so than most other photographic forms and it is especially important because it does this , and even more so nowadays as the artistic process involved in creating the memory is a lot more than your latter day polaroid cameras . I think there is a welcomed place in the future for a more skillfully involved instant print camera .

The longevity and permanence of the instant print beats digitals 20 years and has many other plus factors . I think people mis place and mis prioritise the usefulness and importance of the instant print .

I have also noticed and find it very strange that the instant print camera is taken less offensively than my Nikon . People seem to approach it with an unthreatened giggle and allow me to take their image more so than if I approached them with my dslr . They are then very happy when I sometimes offer them a printed relic of themselves to keep . I have even been returned in kind with favours and money . It proves to me that historys concepts make and deliver societys reactions to them .

I felt that all of the instant prints qualitys would go well with my wetplate idea of applying permanence to the objects of Queenstown but give it a totally different valuable and materialistic quality .

Retouching

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I did some retouching on an image to practice and refresh different skills i have been using over the past few months . Although there are other faster methods , these methods I covered are more expected to be used in industry, as they are the only ones that can withstand close scrutiny and do not harm image quality for very large print work . Screen Shot 2015-04-27 at 12.18.58

As shown above I used frequency separation retouching , clone , dodge and burn on a 50 % grey layer . colour balancing and layers .

Droplets

A droplet is a small executable file that can be stored on your desktop, or in a folder. You use droplets by dragging an image (or multi-selected images) onto the droplet’s icon. Doing this will run Photoshop and automatically invoke the batch command that created the droplet. Droplets can be created for anything that you can create an action for.

(Have you been practicing with actions and batches? – If not… now’s the time to familiarise yourself)

Actions should be created for all the parts of your workflow that are regularly used, such as converting from one profile to another, cropping to certain sizes, renaming etc. If you’re not already using actions regularly, use some of the time in this session to think about what you do as a matter of course as part of your workflow, and create actions for those stages.

Creating a droplet is very easy, but if you have not been using actions since we looked at them in session 6, you will need to re-familiarise yourself with how to create an action, and also how to run it as a batch file. (see session 6).

Droplets can only be created by existing actions, so if you didn’t engage with session 6 (shame on you!) then you’ll have to create some actions first.

If you did create actions as a result of session 6, Droplets are created from “File/Automate/Create Droplet”

This brings up the create droplet dialogue.

This, as you’ve probably realised, is very similar to the dialogue you see when using “File/Automate/Batch”… and with good reason, as a droplet is just a small executable program that essentially runs a batch file upon an action automatically by dropping an image file onto its icon

(even if you do not have Photoshop running). If you remember from session 6 (download the hand out if you can’t remember) you should set override action “open”, and “Save As” depending upon whether your recorded action contains “open” or “Save” steps. Supressing file open dialogues and profile warnings also prevent the actions being interrupted. You also have the same renaming options too, as one of the many uses of a droplet is the simple drag and dropping of multiple files to rename them.

“Save Droplet In” – This sets where the actual droplet icon will be saved.

Destination – This will set where the processed files will be saved. You can select a folder, or leave blank to select the same location as the droplet icon itself. Be careful with “save and close” as this may over-write your original files. Test that option first.

Once the Droplet is set up, clicking “OK” will create the droplet icon wherever you set it to be saved in “Save Droplet in” at the top of the dialogue box.

Multiple droplets can be saved into the same folder, and a folder of droplets for your most common tasks on the desktop can be a time saving device . Batch renaming of a day’s shoot into the day’s date for example, or converting an entire folder of images into black and white, or converted from Adobe RGB to sRGB for web use… or batch resizing… all become a simple drag and drop process.

Colour . Infra Red Effects .

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Colour Infra Red Film Effects.

This technique simulates the effect of Kodak colour infra red film. Foliage tends to go red/magenta on this emulsion. This technique has recently been revived due to Richard Mosse’s “Infra” documentary series on rebel’s fighting in the Congo.

This can be simulated well on a similar kind of colour image that again contains leaves, trees etc.

The first thing to do is convert the mode from RGB to CMYK. This technique will not work in RGB. (image > mode > CMYK Color) Do not flatten the image .

Once in CMYK, we need to copy colour information from one channel to another. Select the Channels palette, and then select the Yellow channel. Press command +A (ctrl+a on a PC) to select the whole image for the yellow channel. Copy that channel by pressing command+C (or use edit/copy). We then paste this into the magenta channel by selecting that channel and then pressing command + V to paste it into the magenta layer. Then select the CMYK channel. The image should now start to look like a colour IR shot. We still need to tweak the image slightly using the channels mixer.

Select the channel mixer from the adjustment window as shown above. Once the channel mixer is open, adjust the Cyan and Yellow channels as shown below.

The image should now start to look very close to a real colour infra red shot. However, if skin tones were present in the image (like the one used here) then we may have to restore skin tones by using the layer mask on the background copy layer.

Then we can “paint” the original skin tones back in using a black brush. The last thing to do is convert the image back to RGB before any further editing. Image/mode/RGB . Select flatten .Doing this will flatten layers, and PS will warn you about this. To avoid the dialog, you can flatten the image first, then convert back to RGB. Finally, do a curves adjustment later if any excess yellow still exists. You should now have an image like the one below. Finally increase magenta by creating a hue/saturation adjustment layer . And set the Red channel’s Hue to -15 .Finally, with a black brush, brush back the skin tones on the Hue/Saturation’s Layer Mask .Convert the background layer to a smart object by right clicking (cmd+click) . Select Camera Raw Filter from the filter menu .Once in ACR… select the FX filter tab, and increase grain as shown below.As Kodak High Speed Infra Red Colour Film is a fast, grainy film, this completes the effect. (If you resize the image while the smart filter is still active, you’ll need to re-adjust the grain size in ACR by double clicking on the Camer Raw Filter in the layers palette) .

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Gary Winogrand ( Deconstruction . Interpretation )

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Well firstly when looking at this image it is obvious it has something to do with matters of racial injustices and high tensions regarding this that were at a peak in the 60’s with martin luther king bringing light on all these matters and a civil war esueing because of them .

I see a white woman stood next to a black man holding two young chimpanzee babys . My initial deconstruction at first glance is that if I put myself in a someones shoes that this may have sparked a reaction , and try to visualise what they might see and think . So this image was in a time when there was a lot of racial bigotry and mis-understanding of racsism and all the hatred that it brings . You have to remember that even high profile people were setting this standard for their own reasons of holding their own little corner of power intact in the social pyramid structure that they most fortunately found themselves in . This would be taken away from them ( social status , power , money , riches ) if people started to think in the right way , thus breaking the rung of the ladder that that sturdily held them up high . As is apparent in all forms of society today . people in power do not want to lose what they have for their own sake and also their offsprings future So whatever is keeping them there can seem delusionally right to them , whether it is … or not . So we have all sorts of injustices happening all over the world today e.g wars famine . un – even distribution of wealth etc .

A lack of education , or the wrong education being taught and understood would make a rascist . The information needed to become one doesn’t just spring out of the blue . Although there are studies that show babys of different races tend to congregate together in their own racial groups and ignore or hinder the other racial baby factions progress . So …. Asian would congregate with Asian and blacks with blacks , whites with whites etc whilst playing , even at a young age of 1 or 2 years old .

We have these people who don’t think they are doing wrong ( whose fault is all this ) but doing right and see this image as a threat because it shows a white women with a black man and what would be deemed as a mixed abominational offspring ( the chimpanzees regarded as children ) between their white women and the black man . So this was a racially motivated fear of extinction and insecurity about their futures . We have still have these worrys which are spread by propaganda today , regarding muslims and their birthrates overcoming other races such as white and black . But also we have lots of misinformation and untruths spread along with the truth as a tactic to avoid the truth being known ( which makes it even worse and harder to solve than what martin luther king had on his hands back then ) .

This image would have been very powerful in the 60’s and provoked these thoughts around a time they were already heightened as there were separate drinking fountains , separate restaurants, separate bathrooms, and churches for black people. Restaurants had a Jim Crow law, that stated,

“It shall be unlawful to conduct a restaurant or other place for the serving of food in the city, at which white and colored people are served in the same room, unless such white and colored persons are effectively separated by a solid partition extending from the floor upward to a distance of seven feet or higher, and unless a separate entrance from the street is provided for each compartment. ”

These were all terrible injustices and I cannot actually believed a normal intelligent human could let these go by unhindered ( My introduction answers this ) . it shows you that law isn’t always right but manmade to achieve the alphas goals .

So people were scared of there offsprings future being taken away by black people breeding with what they would see as “ their white women “ . and the higher the males social status the more delusional he would become of this fact , hence spreading more misconceived facts and mistaken ideas to influence people below him to achieve his ulterior motives and wrongly hatched end game concepts . The chimpanzee on the right looks like it is sitting above and on top of the white childs head which was probably seen as another form of mocking them .

Here I feel that we have an exact represention of racial social fears and cultural discriminations that were highly apparent in the 60’s . Gary wonogrand was very clever to play on this and this makes you realise what a great photographer he was .