won the Polaroid European Final Art Awards - colour print section
and to be honest I didn’t rate the image at all and filed it under
Failures / sub-section - Never to be seen again.
Then I forgot about it.
Luckily an unprocessed Polaroid from the shoot fell down behind a bench in my incredibly damp
When I say incredibly damp - think Troglodyte existence,
imagine mould spores mutating and meandering up the walls
Geologically, my darkroom provided a tunnel or escape route directly to Hades
In short a damp and smelly darkroom
The Polaroid festered there for a few years
from the Cretaceous Period to the Carboniferous
And then on one of those rare ‘Let’s clean the Darkroom’ days
I found the unprocessed Polaroid deep down in Hades growing and mutating some
I gingerly picked it up and carried it out to the Light
Then I processed it and low and behold the damp of ages had performed a miracle
it had degraded the image and added some interesting blemishes and Serious Stains
I found myself in a (position of Quite Liking it)
I scanned the negative, tinted it, made a print and sent it poste haste to Polaroid
and they liked it too.