Polly Chandler Photography

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The Seeds Are Planted Here. But They Won't Grow from You Build It Up, You Wreck It Down, 2016

“You Build It Up, You Wreck It Down”

My latest body of work is a series of narratives based on my personal interpretations of the music and lyrics by the singer-song writer, Tom Waits. Over the past few years I have endeavored on a project that filters and renders my experiences, emotions and quest for purpose, through my understanding of his music. It is often simply a single line from a song that will spark an idea.

All of the images included in this project were taken with a Large Format View camera using Polaroid Type 55 film (which I stocked up on when the first rumors of Polaroid discontinuing all film production first arose). I process my film on location, photographing until I get the shot that is just "right".

It is important to me that my decisions in my image-making are done in the field. Nothing is an afterthought, everything is done in-camera. My photographs represent, among other things, my experience and interpretation of a particular place and moment in time (ultimately representing myself). To manipulate the image later in Photoshop takes something away from that; it's a sort of detachment from staying in the moment, again, an afterthought. Also, for me, part of challenging myself as a photographer is to create the image I'm looking for in the field, in the camera and on the negative.

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