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Skull #1 by Alex Hawley

Skull #1 by Alex Hawley

This may be the obligatory Polaroid Type 55 cow skull photo. Seems everyone does one but that’s not why I did it.

Both elements shown came from the backyard; the wood (which is a walkway I built years ago) from my yard, the skull is from the neighbor’s. The skull is an authentic Kansas Flint Hills cattle skull.

Those of us that used Polaroid Type 55 film have been crying our eyes out ever since Polaroid’s demise earlier this year. I bought five boxes and swore I was going to put it to good use. A final fling I suppose.

Gearhead info: 8×10 Deardorff field camera with 4×5 reducing back. Schneider 305 mm G-Claron lens, Polaroid 545 film holder, and Polaroid Type 55 positive/negative film. This scan was made from an 8×10 enlarged print on Kentmere Kentona fiber paper.

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  1. I enjoy any positive mention of the Kansas Flint Hills! Neat photo – Thanks for sharing!

    Our 22 county Flint Hills Tourism Coalition, Inc. promotes visits to the Kansas Flint Hills – the website is: http://www.kansasflinthills.travel/

    Best wishes!
    Dr. Bill 😉
    Personal Blog: http://flinthillsofkansas.blogspot.com/

    • Alex Hawley
    • July 17th, 2008

    Thanks for dropping in and leaving a comment Dr. Bill. Great links! I’ve added both to my lists.

  2. Great shot Alex!

    • Lisa Richmond
    • January 8th, 2009

    I love this image .I’ve never been to the States but the grain ,the raw , i can relate to here in Australia .Beautiful .Like a drawn image

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