by Caroline Hancox
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Fringes, by photographer Caroline Hancox, is a project that features delicate Polaroid emulsion lifts that show the natural world overtaking the ruins of the human-made world. The resulting images have the subdued palette of watercolor paintings and are gentle yet powerful. Caroline explains this project:
These are some Polaroid Emulsion Lifts from a recent project exploring what happens in parts of the landscape where nature is creeping back into areas that have been destroyed/built on/neglected by humans. I love areas of landscape that on first glance are not immediately beautiful but on closer inspection reveal a previously hidden attraction. I used Polaroid Film for these images because I like the unpredictable nature the medium, in that every pack of film could have a different hue or slight imperfections. These characteristics have been exaggerated by the Polaroid Emulsion Lift process (removal of the emulsion membrane from the backing paper and transferral onto a different surface where it can be manipulated and moved about) and the delicateness of the end result mirrors the scenes in the images.