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A big thank you to the ever so talented writer Nicole Ryan for her writing. Her delightful words go with these images so nicely.
An itch in time
There were parts of me
she could never touch
those pieces
he would never rush
slow growing
behind fences
and faces
different times
small spaces
our places; filled with
lucid lines
dreams of sensored spines
and yesterdays that lingered.
The edges were laced
with prickly hearts
sad endings
powdered darts
simple starts
enough to keep it safe
enough to chew and waste
those pieces of ourselves
that were better.
You never wondered
I never counted
the amount of times that thistle stung
It doesn’t grow there anymore
we wouldn’t know where to explore
these things don’t exist
in my skin.
We burnt it all with yesterday.
© ryan
These three images were shot on transparency film and the transparencies were manipulated further using a Daylab printer and Polaroid pull apart film where the film is pulled apart before a positive can be processed. The dyes remaining on the Polaroid film were then transferred by rolling onto blotting paper. This is a very unique technique as you will never be able to reproduce the same image twice. There will always be a different amount of dye remaining on the film each time you do it making each image different from the last. They are presented here as a series.
More works created using this technique can be found here


  • © Helen Chierego
    © Helen Chieregoover 6 years ago

    Oooh! I do like a triptych and yours is excellent. The scotch thistles are starting to disappear as the suburbs take over. They look great dried by the sun or when they are purple or even when they are still in the artichoke like stage.

  • so love this plant in all its forms, sizes and colour.
    yes the purple is so beautiful!
    thanks Helen!! ;-) xox

    – aglaia b

  • pinkyjain
    pinkyjainover 6 years ago

    This is fantastic, so beautiful, so love the vintage look, your technique is magnificent

  • hello pinkyjain, thanks so much for your wonderful comment! ;-) xox

    – aglaia b

  • Ash rebeltherace
    Ash rebeltheraceover 6 years ago


  • thanks ash ;-) xox

    – aglaia b

  • PJ Ryan
    PJ Ryanover 6 years ago

    beautiful ~ i love the prickly beauty of this xx

  • hello nicole! thanks ;-) xox

    – aglaia b

  • mychaelalchemy
    mychaelalchemyover 6 years ago

    this is great, and the explanation of your technique astounds me that you know so much, I took 2 classes in photography at college oh, a lifetime ago and we never were shown any such techniques, and, of course, I do not work with film anymore…I never knew you could do so much with Polaroid…anyway, I love this except for one minor thing in the first panel, the danger sign….

  • jesus mychael, your eyesight astounds me! LOL
    i love this technique, it kinda feels like i’m dipping my hand into a lucky dip!
    thanks sooooooo much for your wonderful comment! ;-) xox

    – aglaia b

  • mychaelalchemy
    mychaelalchemyover 6 years ago

    haha, I couldn’t see it without my reading glasses….I shouldn’t have mentioned it as in many of my stuff things seem to pop out that I left in, uh, embarrassed to say, that I missed and is pointed out to me….still, I wish I had your know-how, really…maybe someday someone will teach me ’cause i hate reading technical books on such…

  • tis true, there is nothing like another teaching another hey! ;-)

    – aglaia b

  • jemimalovesbigted
    jemimalovesbigtedover 6 years ago

    glorious Aglaia! love them to bits =)

  • hey ya!
    yes we are lucky to have heaps of them round here.
    thanks so much lisa ;-) xox

    – aglaia b

  • mychaelalchemy
    mychaelalchemyover 6 years ago

    I learn by observation better than following instructions in abook

  • oh for sure, so do i!
    instructions are so boring most of the time! LOL ;-)

    – aglaia b

  • mychaelalchemy
    mychaelalchemyover 6 years ago

    yeah, I agree…too bad you couldn’t teach me, but, then I’d probably be paying more attention to you than your instruction,lol

    I’m such a flirt…. ;))

  • smack

    – aglaia b

  • Antanas
    Antanasover 6 years ago

    interesting work

  • thank you antanas ;-) xox

    – aglaia b

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