Not only is Raymond Molinar turning heads with his skateboarding (look no further than his part in the new Thrasher video Prevent This Tragedy), but also with his continued dedication to the ever-precious medium of Polaroid photography. Shot on his classic SX-70, Molinar’s keen and exact sense of composition, mixed with the almost painterly texture of Polaroid film produce truly stunning images. But what’s so appealing about these Polaroids specifically is their ephemerality towards light and movement caught through the sluggish shutters. And while old film and cameras can sometimes have a mind of their own, Molinar knows his equipment inside and out and is thus able to use the intrinsic characteristics of both film and camera to his advantage. This doubling of compositions removes the viewer from the mundane object allowing them instead to imagine themselves in the physical environment of each space, as well as re-formulating the essential, instantaneous distinctiveness of Polaroid itself.
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