THE PERFECTLY IMPERFECT ART
ARTIST MASTERS THE POLAROID
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.