Strokin’ the Polaroid

5 Apr

Robert Sturman’s unique style combining paint with a 1970’s Polaroid camera and a Bic pen cap, has fascinated many, to the point that he is one of America’s most sought after artist.


So how does he do it:

Each of his pieces begins with an original image created with an instant camera, instant photographic film, and meticulously considered lighting. As soon as the image comes out of the camera, Sturman warms it up to keep the chemical emulsions fluid—depending on his locale when shooting, source heat might be the
sun in the tropics, or the warmth of his winter coat in cooler climes.

On site wherever he is in the world, Sturman then immediately carves into the still wet and supple surface of the photo with a variety of handmade tools until he feels the image has been manipulated and transformed to its ultimate potential. The piece is later enlarged using an optimally high-resolution scanner, and a process through which none of the original light radiance or color luminosity is lost.


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