Still Life: Chami’s Experimental Photography

03. Jon Nguyen, portrait, 2012
Polaroid emulsion transfer onto watercolor paper
I was trying to make emulsion transfers by shooting Polaroids and sandwiching the chemical side onto a piece of watercolor paper, but they were all coming out really dark. I finally realized the light I had on in our garage was solarizing the transfers and turning them black. Once I turned the light out, the transfers worked perfectly, and I managed to do some controlled solarized ones by flashing the Polaroid with a camera flash before making the transfers.