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a little lift off by aglaia b

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a little lift off

antique mirror
ambient views
this is me yesterday
when i stood before you

time and space has broken
we were once side by side
as the edges peel away
we now drift by the tide.

remember me always
i will fade from you now
i will be waiting for you here
when you decide to come around.

antique mirror
i am within your new view
and there is nothing that will take me
from the centre of you.

A little lift off written by the extraordinarily talented Nicole Ryan

This image was shot on negative film then cross processed and the transparency was manipulated further using a Daylab printer and Polaroid pull apart film. Once the positive was formed, some citroclean was sprayed onto it and it was placed into a bath of water. The emulsion lifts off its backing and is floating literally like very fine seaweed in the water. Extreme care was taken to lift this emulsion out of the water and onto blotting paper. Whilst it is still wet it can be manipulated further into any shape you wish. In this case a very subtle border. Once dry it sets into the blotting paper. This is the final result. This is a very unique technique as you will never be able to reproduce the same image twice due to the fact that it is dependant on how carefully you retrieve the emulsion out of the water and how you manipulate it on the paper while it is wet.

More works created with this technique can be found here

A Polaroid film transfer of this image was also created and can be found here


  • botticcelli
    botticcelliover 6 years ago

    what a beautiful work…delicated textures!

  • thank you

    – aglaia b

  • Miron Abramovici
    Miron Abramoviciover 6 years ago


  • and thank you too!

    – aglaia b

  • Antanas
    Antanasover 6 years ago


  • thank you….love your work!

    – aglaia b

  • raoultiger
    raoultigerover 6 years ago

    You’re like some photographic mad scientist – I heard poloroid stopped making film and I’ve been stocking up. This looks like an unusually large format for poloroid though. Special gear?

  • lol….very funny and correct…i was a scientist first, chemist actually before taking photography seriously…thank you for the comment…special gear…yes! i will add that into my explanation….thank you again!

    – aglaia b

  • PJ Ryan
    PJ Ryanover 6 years ago

    LMAO @ raoultiger !! that’s hilarious. yes. she is (and i’m a close friend so i can say that for sure).

    hunny this is fabulous .. like a mirror image almost .. a dusty antique mirror .. it’s beautiful.

    the way you share your techniques is sentiment to who you are .. you’re so generous and that comes across in your photography as well .. you make everything beautiful xx

  • will you just stop it, i’m holding back the tears here…..i would love it if you wrote something for this one….how about, it let’s collaborate! x

    – aglaia b

  • deliriousgirl
    deliriousgirlover 6 years ago

    Hey, this is just fuckin beautiful, stunningly beautiful!

  • and so are you….thank you!

    – aglaia b

  • deliriousgirl
    deliriousgirlover 6 years ago

    I’m a lot like you, I tend to get carried away with the tedious processes and I do like the tedious processes of photography. I had a darkroom in my old house before I moved to the city and I loved mucking around in there for days and days.

  • yes i too had a darkroom back in an old house….would not even know where that work is….lol…wow….love that….you lucky girl!…post some up….love to see it!….and where is that special writing from you i’m so desperate and E X C I T E D to read! x

    – aglaia b

  • PJ Ryan
    PJ Ryanover 6 years ago

    awww yippeeee .. i’ve sent you a piece of writing to check xx

  • margpie
    margpieover 6 years ago

    Love that poem really goes well with the photo, well done!

  • PJ Ryan
    PJ Ryanover 6 years ago

    thanx margpie

    (lol i’ll just take over your little post now aglaia hahahhaaaaaa xx)

  • it’s all yours my darlin…x

    – aglaia b

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