Polaro!d is a fascinating and thought-provoking collection of short poetry and provocative photography. The verses are examinations of a brief moment of life, like the candid shots created by an old polaroid camera. The photographs are unedited, containing all the imperfections of reality that are often erased from mainstream products, but they are made more beautiful in the fact that you know that you are seeing the reality of the model, not an idealized imitation of her body. Each would be beautiful pieces of art on their own, but combined, complementing and supplementing one another, they become something greater than their parts, depicting the sorts of raw moments that are often lost now in our fast lives and our search for a perfected life.
This piece is my no means for children, as it contains nude photography, but it is by no means pornographic, and is actually quite tasteful in its depiction of the human form. In the right time and place (as in, assuming you are old enough to appreciate the artistry of the photos rather than just giggling over the sight of breasts, and you are in a setting where you would not be ashamed to have someone look over your shoulder and see you looking at a nude woman), this is a great, short read, and I highly recommend it to anyone looking for an out-of-the-ordinary multimedia project. Also, it is part 1 of a 10 part series, so I can only imagine that there is more, equally beautiful art and photography to come!
- Finley, Goodreads reader and reviewer on Polaro!D Part 1
I received a free digital copy of this piece from the creators as thanks for a prior review.
As with the first, the poetry and photography in the second installment of Polaro!d is a beautiful glimpse into the little moments in life that so often pass us by, just like the Polaroid pictures from whom the project draws it's name. While the first felt more solitary, like a lover waxing poetic about their partner without ever really allowing the reader to draw near to the muse themselves, this second part feels much more social, like being drawn into a conversation or a group and made to feel welcome to join in. Many of the poetry pieces begin with what seems like a conversation between two or more individuals picking out clothing for the evening. It uses color imagery, drawing on how two colors (mostly black and pink) draw off one another to create a fuller experience. And of course, the modeling by the lovely Lin Chong embellishes the verses in much the same way, creating a separate but parallel story through images that feels like a romantic vacation for two, taking in the sights by day and finding a familiar warmth with one another when the sun goes down. Chong and Albert continue to impress with their contributions to their joint endeavor, and I look forward to seeing what more they have in store for the rest of the chapters.
- Finley, Goodreads reader and reviewer on Polaro!D Part 2