Oliver Blohm’s Microwaved Portraits

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I love photography, particularly photos with an experimental, decayed, or degraded aesthetic.

Berlin-based photographer Oliver Blohm achieves all of this in a new series of portraits by shooting with Polaroid film and slowly cooking his prints in an old-school microwave. His process both speeds up development time and gives each photo its own unique grunge filter, Instagram for the real world.

Mastering this technique isn’t so easy. He tells EyeEm:

“The most important thing is the microwave. You need an old one. The newer models are too powerful and not easy to handle. Older machines allow you to regulate down and then turn up the heating.

I use the “warm over” setting on my microwave. I also use water to prevent the heating process from occurring unevenly and to press the air out. The glass is important to watch the process of destruction and to regulate the mistakes, burns and failures. If you use it, you need to be able to air out the room because it smells a lot; and if you do not take care, then you are going to feel it in your throat and lungs.”

Oliver is teaching a workshop on his technique during the Impossible Partner Store opening in Berlin on Thursday, January 23rd. For more information on the Impossible Project visit their website at www.the-impossible-project.com. To see more of Oliver’s work visit his website at www.oliverblohm.com.

Oliver Blohm