These Polaroids are an attempt to objectify an image of objects. In an increasingly digital, ephemeral society, the object as memory, and the image as photograph object, have evolved substantially. We no longer print our photographs and put them in albums, share carousels of slides with loved ones, or give each other cartes de visite.
A Polaroid is inherently tangible, proof of a moment which presently occurred, an artifact which may be handled and kept. The instant embedding of time in a Polaroid is subverted by the timelessness of a still life; the images are evidence of objects collected from a specific place, at a specific time, each becoming the representative artifact which remains. By encapsulating the distinct groupings of memory-objects, the Polaroids act as reliquaries, apotheosizing a time, a place, an assemblage of nostalgia.
The 20"x24" Polaroid camera used to make these images is one of only a handful of 20"x24" Polaroid Land Cameras in existence. Popularized by artists such as Chuck Close, Elsa Dorfman + Errol Morris, Barbara Kasten, and many others, this mythical beast of a camera makes one print for each exposure - no negative, no reproductions, just a single 20"x24" image.
originals are not for sale - prints available.