While living in New York in 2012, renowned Australian artist Adam Harriden came across an old man taking pictures of tourists on the sidewalk using on a vintage Polaroid camera. Struck by the power of the images captured by such a supposedly outdated contraption, he immediately scoured the East Village’s vintage markets for his own, eventually deciding on a dilapidated 1968 103 Polaroid LAND camera.
After restoring his weapon of choice Harriden began the painstaking process of learning to take pictures with a technology so old and temperamental that in order to get the landscape images he wanted, he had to install a darkroom in the back of his car. “And even then”, he explains, “Only one in ten photos would work.” After months perfecting his technique – rolling film by hand onto photographic paper on-site – Adam finally ended up with a stunning, painterly photographic product that he now looks forward to sharing with the world. Focused primarily on iconic subjects connected to water such as the Golden Gate Bridge, Coney Island and Santa Barbara Pier. Since arriving back in Australia his work has focused on his local beach side community and their connection with the ocean, Adam’s also attempting to take his technique of the land and into the water. Each carefully hand crafted image offers both a glimpse into another era and a refreshing counterpoint to today’s era of instant digital photography and Instagram.
His career highlights todate include being exhibited in the Museum Of Contempory Art Melbourne, the Art Takes Times Square show in New York and creating a private collection for italian brand Sillettie, for their new experience space Sydney, and art being purchased by Keanue Reeves and Sass n Bide.