|FLOWERS & ABSTRACTS Photography by JOANNE WARFIELD|
The latest discovery came about from a personal challenge that I gave myself. I had submitted work for consideration to be included in a new book on Advanced Polaroid Alternative Techniques. My work was selected from international submissions, and I was asked to submit additional work for publication. I was deep into a thrilling new phase with the wet negatives and wanted to continue with that, but knew that one main part of the book was about the use of Time-Zero film, which is also called SX-70 manipulation. The challenge: I had tried a few manipulations before and was not too keen on the process because it quickly becomes cute. Work that I had seen from time to time was definitely in this realm. Time-Zero is the only Polaroid film that can easily be manipulated with various tools; it is essentially drawing on the photographrather, tracing by number. It is a lot of fun, but the standard approach is difficult to disguise as anything very challenging. I read in one of the manuals that the film could be cut open (it is not a peel-apart professional film like the 669) and drawn upon from the back, scanned, or rephotographed. So, I got the scissors out. I had previously shot and drawn on a photograph as prescribed, and I cut it open and tried some scanning, but it still was not very interesting to me. I decided to apply my wet technology that I had used with the 669 film andvoila!things began to get interesting. I eventually corroded the part that is normally thrown away and scanned that with amazing results. Filigree I, Self Portrait, Rosa Doble/Gold, and Night Orchid all show various stages of what I have termed Time-Zero Corrosion. This procccess is now one of the more interesting things I am doing. I especially like the abstractness which comes out of the incredible corrosion.