The shoe is from Charles Jordan, a prop I used for what was a personal creative shot in the seventies. The model was the actor John Grillo. The location was a builders hoarding on the South Bank in London.
The article mentions a project from the early seventies when Polaroid launched the SX-70 and gave cameras plus a generous stock of film to a group of photographers and published the resulting images in a limited edition boxed set. Particularly striking shots were submitted by Christian Vogt, Pete Turner and Helmut Newton.
My contribution to the project - and the only in-camera montage in the series - is shown below.
This boxed set was not the only promotional project organised by polaroid. There was also a calendar called 'Four Season' in 1976 which features one of my images for the month of May.
The limited edition boxed set of twelve prints for the SX-70 called '12 Instant Images - The SX-70 Experience' was repeated for another Polaroid product, '12 Instant Images - Type 105 Positive/Negative film'. Collectors should keep an eye out for it especially for the excellent contributions by Ansel Adams, Sarah Moon and Jeanloup Sieff. Each boxed set was limited to a production run of 1,000 and in both cases the first 50 sets were signed by all the photographers.
This week Heath Ledger, the Australian actor who died in January, was honoured with a supreme award by the Australian Film Institute for his brilliant performance as the Joker in the Batman movie, The Dark Knight.
This reminded me of a happy meeting I had with him in early 2004 when he visited the set in Sydney where I was doing a fashion shoot with Naomi Watts for Harper's Bazaar. Instead of merely spectating he asked if he may work the wind machine. I doubt if he had ever operated one before but he quickly got the hang of it and turned the occasion into a humorous performance that had us all in stitches. What a very special human being he was.
This is one of the pictures I took on that day.