by Brittany Nelson


The following images are an exploration of the material properties of the Polaroid emulsion lift process. Often times used arbitrarily over the representational image, the work aims to integrate material and subject matter into a dynamic, and reactionary dialogue. The human figure acts as a catalyst to activate the material and enter into a reciprocal relationship between the physical photograph and the captured image.


Photographed digitally in a large studio space, the subjects were captured to allow the emptiness to transform into potential movement for the hand manipulation of the Polaroid lift. While a number of the images were pre-visualized at the time they were photographed, this project was largely designed to allow for accidents and quirks of my current emotions of the day to appear while I constructed, or more accurately deconstructed, the final image.

Brittany Nelson


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Comments (2)
  • jessica bullock
    Im doing a project over you and your space/time work im a photography student.
    i was wondering what your thought about each of the photos and what they mean to you and your methodology behind your work?
  • Brittany Nelson
    Hi Jessica, honestly I made this work when I was young. When I was making the work I was most interested in the material of the Polaroid lift and what kind of context it could have in contemporary photography. I was using the figures in each piece essentially as excuses for the movement I was creating, in an attempt to justify the use of the process. The work has evolved significantly during my graduate study. Check it out at send me an email if you want to talk further!
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