(1981-1984) This collection of polaroids were all created as the original study material for the Scapes portfolio. This was the only technology available (before the digital era), to aid in the development of composition and lighting design for each photographic frame, leading up to the final desired image. When using large format cameras there are no viewfinders, so, one is completely dependent upon the accuracy of the polaroid.
Now, when viewing these I can recall the painstaking process with my subject holding position while, as the artist, I would search for the perfect live moment. Usually there were several polaroids taken during each session and just discarded and even in one case #12 “hair spin” I must have ripped the polaroid in two, in frustration during the art search, and my stylist apparently rescued it with tape.
But, the most interesting aspect is that they now have become their own art form due to the aging over a 35-year span, and the unique chemical effect, each individual and an important in the art process. (all copyright belongs to barry elz photography and may not be reproduced without written permission).
* additional images in this collection are available for viewing upon request