Artist's Statement in Reference to Polaroid Usage

I like to use Polaroid materials because I can immediately see if I have captured in a print what I was searching for while taking pictures. At the same time, I can get new ideas from a mistake or an unexpected visual happening by seeing my results quickly.

I work impulsively and the quick feedback of the instant picture is in tune with this energetic style of photographing. This immediacy of result shortens the time it would take my ideas to grow visually, technically and emotionally. What takes a summer of work with Polaroid materials would take three years of picture taking and darkroom time to bring my ideas to fruition.

This process complements my life long experimental way of working.

Barbara Crane

General statement

Fleshy Fungi

Human forms

On Natures mortes

Taste of Chicago

Visions of Enarc II

Coloma to Covert Sticks


Coloma to Covert scrolls

Chicago Loop series

Murals for Baxter / Travenol Labs

Wipe Outs

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