Apr 19

Polaroids into Large Art

I’ve been picking out art for our apartment so while I was back in San Francisco I grabbed some old polaroid pictures that Paul took a few years ago. These were taken on the Salt Flats and in Nevada on that long stretch of lonely road between San Francisco and Salt Lake City. I especially love the ones from the Salt Flats, its such a beautiful place. I’m going to scan them in and then have them printed very large scale. It could be pretty cool right? When you blow something up like that you lose detail but I think thats perfect for polaroid. I’ll of course show pictures when it is completed.

ps If you haven’t seen this short video my brother made from them take looksie, its still one of my favorite things.


  • Christen says:

    That will be beautiful! I have seen polaroids that have been blown up (some were printed on canvas and put on a stretcher) and they are just gorgeous. If you scan at a high enough resolution, you might not lose too much quality (like scanning negatives).

  • katieae says:

    grant hamilton does large scale polaroid art. he scans them in at a super high resolution to keep the quality of the texture.

  • allyn says:

    very beautiful + serene

  • bussbuss says:

    yes! well kind of. not from a polaroid but my friend blew up a picture from marfa with a similar vibe and it was slightly blurry because it was so large and it looked even better because it was a little out of focus, kind of like a painting. gave it a cool vintage vibe.

    i am sure it will look great! i'm doing something similar with photos from white sands… let us know how it turns out!

  • Khali @ little. lovely. says:

    Oh they will be beautiful! You should consider having some extra done and selling them. I'd love one.

  • raya says:

    I did this with some of my polaroids and they are beautiful!I think high quality scans are key and I had mine printed on fine art giclee paper. I love how you can see all the texture of the Polaroid. Can't wait to see yours up in the house!

  • Rebekah says:

    ooh such a beautiful idea – and beautiful polaroids! thanks for sharing such a sweet + perfect project can't wait to see the final product!

    ps.coming out of blog hiding to say hi – love your blog it's a fav!

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  • Rebekka Seale says:

    I love this idea. Are you going to keep the polaroid frame or just use the image?

  • Clementine's Produce + Provision's says:

    i love this idea and have always wanted to know how to do it. do you have a printer you recommend? thanks and i really enjoy your blog. xoxo

  • megwrites says:

    The salt flats are amazing. I've driven by them so many times! I love how you are making your apartment beautiful even though you will only be there for a short time.

  • Scott and Lindsey says:

    Genius! I love Polaroids and think they would be amazing large.

  • Tonia Conger says:

    Jordan, I did this same thing with a few of my ultra sound photos. they are blown up poster sized and will hang in our nursery. Some like the idea, others think it will scare the baby.

  • Arran says:

    I knew an artist who would take polaroids and blow them up and print them on watercolor paper. The paper provided texture and reduced sharpness even more, but it was a great effect. Her photos were of landscapes at dusk, so they are very very low light which again added to the indistinct look. I think the artist's name was Beth Miele – I knew her when she was still a student, about 5 years ago.

  • Jill says:

    Our family is moving to Africa and I have been brainstorming ways to bring beautiful, but lightweight, art with us. We were planning to have a few large-scale pieces made. Have you found an online service that does a good, and less expensive, job?

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