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With proﬁts declining, Polaroid announced in February that it plans to discontinue production of all instant ﬁlm by the end of this year, but Polaroidologist Patrick Winﬁeld is not worried. “I’m optimistic,” Winﬁeld says. “But if the time comes [when Polaroid ﬁlm is no longer available] I’ll just advance and pick something else up.” Working with Polaroid cameras for the past four years, Winﬁeld’s background in graphic design shines through in the crafted structures of the composites, combining the tight lines of graphic design with the broad strokes of the artist. Winﬁeld shoots with many diﬀerent cameras, but likes his Polaroid best. “It’s that creaminess,” he says, “that seductive, almost nostalgic look that you get from it.” He also enjoys the instant gratiﬁcation of the ﬁlm, being able to hold it in his hand and work with it as soon as it’s shot. “It’s more like drawing in a sense. You can see the line or the ﬁnished piece instantly, it’s very nice to work that way,” Winﬁeld says. He places his work into two main categories, one being abstract, which Last Laugh falls into. “It’s like a call-and-response,” Winﬁeld says. “I create an image and compare it to what I have and work from that, it’s a bit more free-ﬂowing.” He also categorizes his works as representational—landscapes or ﬁgure studies. Going out and taking pictures are where his ideas sprout from for those pieces. Winﬁeld will ﬁnd a single photo he likes and build on it. Taking the picture home, he’ll stretch it out, ﬁguring out how to grid it and get it on ﬁlm before he takes the rest of the pictures for the piece. Winﬁeld ﬁnds inspiration in diverse places, from authors and artists spanning the centuries, everything from Egyptian sources to Dada and modern art. David Hockney, who also arranged Polaroids into collages, has been a signiﬁcant inﬂuence. Winﬁled also ﬁnds inspiration in nature. “I’m always drawn back to nature,” he says. “I feel most comfortable walking, hiking, being outside.” Wanting to push his work further, Winﬁeld has just ﬁnished two large commission pieces over 40 inches long. He plans on creating a composite that is 60 inches long in the near future. Winﬁeld says he has enough instant ﬁlm to last him the rest of the year and to ﬁnish his upcoming projects, just in case a company does not pick up the license, but he is hopeful someone will. “There are other ﬁlms I could work with doing this composite grid and hopefully it will make me a better artist.” Patrick Winﬁeld’s exhibit “Composites,” comprised of 21 photographic pieces, is being shown at Open Space, 510 Main Street in Beacon, through April 5. (845) 765-0731; www.openspacebeacon.com. Portfolio: www.patrickwinﬁeld.com. —Tara Quealy
Published on Nov 11, 2008
Published on Nov 11, 2008
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