Clark Kent - Superman & the Sabbatier EffectFriday, November 04, 2016
Dancer/choreographer Noam Gagnon gave my studio a visit today. We took a few pictures and exactly three Fuji Instant exposures (one in colour and two in that long gone from the market b+w). When I shoot with this instant film I am very careful when I press my shutter. I cannot give myself the luxury of taking many exposures as I might (but rarely) with conventional film or with my Fuji X-E1.
The peels from the b+w Fuji Instant Film are unpredictable and its Sabbatier Effect (when negatives are solarized that’s the correct term) is random.
Here is one and its matching print plus one photograph taken with my Fuji of Gagnon wearing glasses. The colour of the b+w Fuji peel is simply the slightly magenta colour of the negative peel before I reverse it in Photoshop. The slight magenta becomes a slight blue which I saturate a tad more in contrast and levels.
Looking at these pictures I am reminded of Clark Kent going to a phone booth and emerging as Superman.