Luther Clayton James III + Michael Ross.July 5th, 2021. Bona Allen Manor, "Historic" Downtown Buford.
Honeymoon in Detroit, the Siren Hotel
The Following images were shot using the Polaroid SX-70 that Luther gifted me. We each have the same camera that Tom Bianchi uses to capture the amazing nudes seen in his coffee table books: "Out of the Studio", "Fire Island Pines" as well as "63 E 9th STREET". Im inspired by the images he captures of his swanky midtown sky-rise. I feel that I was able to capture that essence in the photos at our old Harlem flat.
I began my Polaroid journey in New York, with a birthday gift to my husband, Luther. Instant photography was something we had reminisced about during the beginning of quarantine in 2020. We are also both proud owners of some Tom Bianchi's coffee table books. I'll admit to winning a first edition of his Out of the Studio book on eBay. That October I purchased him a genuine refurbished Polaroid Sun 600 circa 1994, from the official Polaroid website and he was in love. that same month he purchased himself a vintage SX-70. Then weeks later he surprised me with yet another vintage SX-70. We are on a roll, because in November I also purchased a Spectra System. I had done some research and learned that much of the production run was plagued with defective ejection mechanisms. This was a coveted camera as it was one of Polaroids only instant wide format. Polaroid also discontinued film production around 2019. I made this purchase knowing that I might not get a working piece. The day it arrived we made a rare trip outdoors to visit the Brooklyn Film Camera store. I had learned via instagram that they had a small stash of 2019 Color and B&W Spectra Film. We walk in, I purchase film, stand there and put the film in the camera. Staff watching, because they all know these Spectra cameras are a miss more often than a hit. I aim the viewfinder at Lou and press the button. very slowly, slower than usual, a print begins to emerge. within a few minutes a perfectly exposed and in focus photo of Lou inside of Brooklyn Film Camera emerges, YAY it works! The following photos were shot with Polaroid Spectra System.