" At the circus was inspired by the chaotic warehouse party circus's of the late 1980's and early 90's. Mad Max clad clowns would juggle with chain saws at these urban raves. I wanted to create my own urban circus made from discarded metal objects. The characters would be revealed in their shadows in the photos. The solaroid technique was perfect for this adding a layer of crystallisation to the surface of the prints. I wanted to make a dark strange abstract world of the imagination and I think I succeeded" Paul Williams
Polaroid produced for a short time in the 1990's a very high speed black and white 10x 8 print material with no negative. Paul Williams discovered that if you pulled the Polaroid early the black backing that held a latent picture would solorize. This left a grey negative image against a solid black background. As the backing plastic negative dried crystals built up and Paul Williams started copying these onto 5x4 negative film to create final negative to print from. Paul Williams nicknamed these "Soloroids"
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