THE PER­FECTLY IM­PER­FECT ART

ARTIST MAS­TERS THE PO­LAROID

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ARTIST Adam Har­ri­den uses vintage Po­laroid cam­eras to take what he de­scribes as “per­fectly im­per­fect photos”.

“Per­fec­tion is so easy to achieve these days with the likes of In­sta­gram and other apps that al­low you to take and craft the per­fect shot/photo. I wanted to cre­ate some­thing that’s real – photos that have im­per­fec­tions, cracks, smears and tears,’’ Har­ri­den says.

Har­ri­den, who refers to him­self as the The Anti-In­sta­gram, says mod­ern tech­nol­ogy can turn any­one into a so-called pro­fes­sional pho­tog­ra­pher.

“We see thou­sands of these per­fect im­ages – it’s al­most bor­ing,” he says.

The Po­laroid idea pre­sented it­self when Har­ri­den was liv­ing in New York and came across “an old guy in Soho” tak­ing shots “us­ing a crazy old (vintage po­laroid cam­era)”.

“Af­ter see­ing the raw im­per­fec­tion he was get­ting with each shot, I de­cided to learn the tech­nique,” Har­ri­den says.

Af­ter scour­ing vintage mar­kets, Har­ri­den found a di­lap­i­dated Po­laroid Land cam­era.

Then came the painstak­ing process of learn­ing to take photos with a tech­nol­ogy so old and tem­per­a­men­tal that he had to in­stall a dark­room in the back of his car.

Af­ter months per­fect­ing his tech­nique, Har­ri­den ended up with a few photos of the Golden Gate Bridge, Coney Is­land and Santa Bar­bara Pier.

“It’s this chal­lenge and per­sis­tence with this craft that makes ev­ery shot so unique and spe­cial,” he says.

Since re­turn­ing to Aus­tralia, Har­ri­den’s pho­to­graphic sub­jects have been beau­ti­ful beaches and peo­ple.

“I take photos that I feel place the viewer in place of calm and beauty . . . I’d rather shoot the calm­ness of a group of surfers float­ing at sea than one of them tear­ing past me do­ing tricks,” he says.

Some of his prod­ucts end up as wall art for homes. Har­ri­den says peo­ple love the works’ unique­ness.

“You can’t repli­cate one of my pic­tures . . . even I can’t,” he says.

Per­fectly im­per­fect . . . Adam Har­ri­den (right) took months to master the art of tak­ing pho­to­graphs with a vintage Po­laroid cam­era. His care­fully crafted im­ages of ocean scenes and beaches make a unique art­work for the home.

Pic­tures: ADAM HAR­RI­DEN

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