this boat has lift off by aglaia b

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This image was shot on Fujichrome Velvia film (transparency film) 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 tissue paper type 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


water, boat, velvia, emulsion, liftoff, daylab, 669polaroidfilm, aglaia b, 35mm film ab, polaroid experiments ab


  • midzing
    midzingabout 6 years ago

    brilliant work,,, well done

  • thanks midzing. ;-) xox

    – aglaia b

  • Lisa  Jewell
    Lisa Jewellabout 6 years ago

    HOLY incredibly beautiful…..

    Thank you for the description, I would have had no idea how you were able to produce this type of result.

    The colours and textures are f’ing brilliant…..


  • thanks for your great comment lisa!

    i think i need to get stuck into some reading soon to stop this hyperactivity i have. LOL ;-) xox

    – aglaia b

  • JenniferB
    JenniferBabout 6 years ago

    what a fantastic result from such a unique technique! You’re so talented at photography aglaia! :-)xox

  • awww shucks, you are the sweetest little thing.
    i do love it. thanks jennifer! ;-) xox

    – aglaia b

  • Barssel
    Barsselabout 6 years ago

    Marvellous concept and treatment…………..superb image

  • thanks so much adrian! ;-) xox

    – aglaia b

  • Mel Brackstone
    Mel Brackstoneabout 6 years ago

    I wish I understood a quarter of what you’d written here, but suffice to say the image is awesome!

  • oh crap, you’re a very clever little cookie, you can so see that in all your work!
    THANKS MEL ;-) xox

    – aglaia b

  • RebeccaT
    RebeccaTabout 6 years ago

    Beautiful work! – and the technique is so fitting for the subject…it just adds a whole other dimension to the piece. – love it!

  • thanks babe! ;-) xox

    – aglaia b

  • JimFilmer
    JimFilmerabout 6 years ago

    great work… and thanks so much for sharing the details – you obviously have much greater patience and finesse than I

  • thanks very much jim! ;-) xox

    – aglaia b

  • jemimalovesbigted
    jemimalovesbigtedabout 6 years ago

    OMG this is amazing! I am serious when I say you have to show me how to do this! You are a genius

  • LOL, far from genius chick a dee!
    i can show you no problem!
    thanks for your comment, i better go now, however, my head is so big from your comment i can’t get out the front door! ;-) xox

    – aglaia b

  • theyellowfury
    theyellowfuryabout 6 years ago

    Supercool. As usual. I’d love a go of that very fine seaweed business.

  • LOL, you never know your luck, perhaps one day you may!
    thanks YF. ;-) xox

    – aglaia b

  • Kirbo
    Kirboabout 6 years ago


  • many thanks kirbo! ;-) xox

    – aglaia b

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