Germany-based photographer and art director Tanja Deuss uses a Polaroid SX-70 camera to produce her unusual photographs in her ongoing series, Abheben. Stepping beyond the traditional photograph, Deuss produces unique compositions where the paper and the chemicals become as much a part of the final product as the recorded image.
To create each piece, Deuss first captures simple landscapes and ordinary objects as the captivating focus of her compositions. Once the Polaroid develops, she then rips apart the paper and uses the emulsion layer of the Polaroid to transfer pictures onto handmade paper. The results are two incredibly unique and unpredictable versions of the same recorded moment set within a very intimate space. Tears in the paper, texture, and colors, as well as the small frame, encourage viewers to lean in closer and become actively engaged in every single detail of the photographs.