'The size and relative immobility of the large Polaroid camera combined with its ability to render details means it is well suited to working with life sized studio sets. My concern was to make "backdrops" that reflected the fantasy character and personality of the person photographed and in fact provide them with an environment in which to act.' Robyn Stacey 1986
The 'Waterbaby' images, despite their size and the physical disparities between small and large format Polaroid cameras, play off the idea of the medium with their bright hues and instant sense of fun. The colours and kitsch souvenir objects allude to pop culture, happy family snaps and beach holidays.
60.8 x 50.0 cm sight; 81.6 x 68.5 cm frame
Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Gift of Polaroid Australia Pty Ltd 1988
Not on display
© Robyn Stacey. Courtesy the artist and Stills Gallery
Shown in 4 exhibitions
In Full View, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 16 Jul 1986–30 Aug 1986
Works from the Photography Collection, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 10 Feb 1989–15 May 1989
Fine and mostly sunny: photographs from the collection, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 28 Sep 1991–01 Dec 1991
Points of view: Australian photography 1985-95, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 19 Nov 2005–29 Jan 2006