Birgit Zartl shoots Polaroids in Vienna, Austria. 'Singlularities' is her recent excursion into
the unique phenomenon that is 'Instant Photography.' No lab work, multiple images
or negatives, what she shoots is one of a kind imagery. Andy Warhol once said.
"The immediacy of Polaroid is what interests me, and that 'waiting' for the image to appear. It
often is truly magical."
Birgit searches for subjects that work on their own, singularly holding her attention and making
a statement, whether stark or startling sublime. In her studio she organizes the placement of
the image and when pleased with the composition, gently squeezes the shutter button on her forty
year old SX-70 camera. The waiting starts, she looks at the murky gray film held in her hand
as the developing begins, from nothing comes something. The mystery slowly emerges into
view, as Birgit stares at the new offering, she is often reminded of how you have to wait for the
good ones to appear, they are like waves into the unconscious, arriving when the moment is right.
Another beautiful photograph is born.
Birgit Zartl studied psychology at the University of Vienna and followed up with additional
training in Cognitive Behavioural and Art Therapy, that included courses in painting & drawing
techniques as well as the study of Chromatics. Birgit was employed in the Neurological
Department of the Lainz Hospital.
Since 2000 she works as a psychotherapist, painter and photographer.
Birgit's Polaroid's can be seen at http://loathemegacorp.com/galleries/zartl/index.html and her
paintings at www.birgitzartl.com