The Polaroids


Since I’m back from the US I’ve been in some kind of photographic slump. That probably was to be expected: The photos came easy to me in America, the desire to hold on to what you see was overwhelming and the light triggered some kind of chemical reaction with the camera… Being back in Germany, I ended up with the photographic equivalent of a giant hangover. Haven’t done anything since. I brought back an SX-70 I bought at a thrift store for 10$. The camera is probably broken, as it overexposes everything and the focus is off: Still, I’ve been doing nothing much but taking Polaroids in the past weeks.

It doesn’t really help the faithfulness of the photos to use expired film and I also had to learn that Impossible’s Instant film is very sensitive to heat: With temperatures hovering around 30°Celsius you better put your camera into the fridge when you are not using it…

Yet, I still like the feel of photographing like this: It is slow as hell and as it is also expensive as hell I ponder endlessly about a picture (only then after an hour or so to shout I don’t give a fuck and just shoot) – it is “pictures as an object”, which is a welcome change to the ephemeral feel of the digital image and my constant feel of too much of everything…




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Nite Crawlers


Nite Crawlers(some kind of earth worm) are used as tackle for fishing.

I took this photo in Aberdeen, Washington, a run-down city at the entry of the Olympic Peninsula. It once has been the center of lumber in the area – but with the rise of imports and a decrease in demand, it has plummeted into a serious economic crisis. Homes are foreclosed, shops are closing, industry is moving away. Still, there are elections to be won: Is it a comment on how much people care about  politics? How much hope they put into someone actually turning the city around? It’s just a billboard, at least people still go fishing…



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Push More

I guess we all have to attempt to push the envelope more, to go beyond accepted boundaries, beyond photography merely as daily compulsive behaviour and try to really tell authentic stories. It’s the only way for me to see value in proceeding to make pictures – and posting them on social media.

— Bart van Damme in an Interview for TalkBak on the role of social media can play for photography

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