Polly Chandler Photography

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What He Done, You Can't Give It A Name 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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