“Instant Gratification”: Polaroid Photos By Sarah Elise at Portfolio Coffeehouse

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by Sarah Elise

Portfolio Coffeehouse [2300 E. 4th St., LBC; 562-434-2486], the premiere coffeehouse of Long Beach, is pleased to present the photographs of artist Sarah Elise on exhibit from 9/15-10/31st, with an artist reception on Saturday, September 24th, 6-8pm, as part of “Last Saturday’s on 4th” monthly event.

Born in Torrance, CA, Sarah Elise Abramson grew up in Redondo Beach. After high school, she attended Parsons School of Design in New York City for a summer. Following that experience, she enrolled at the Brooks Institute of Photography in Santa Barbara, CA, studying photography for the next three years where she quickly found her niche in film and fine art photography with a strong focus on black & white and Polaroids. Sarah now lives in San Pedro, CA and works as a sandwich maker at Portfolio Coffee House. Her style continues to evolve as she works on a new book entitled, “Boobs & Bones”, shot entirely with Polaroid film, and expected to be released in the spring of next year.

“In our modern digital age, the Polaroid is already becoming a relic of the past…Like a painting, a Polaroid becomes an irreplaceable treasure and object of desire, as only one person may own the original.” -Pola Nudes

“I am a huge fan of instant gratification. I think this led to my profound love of Polaroid film. What got me hooked was watching the image slowly but surely appear in that small, intimate square. For me, there is no better feeling in the world. I try to make my Polaroid’s honest and raw. They are soft and faded, with explosions of light leeks and other odd imperfections causing them to have a sort of dream like appearance. I shoot with an old SX-70, which, unlike all other Polaroid cameras, allows me to have selective focus so I get a mixture of soft and hard. The Polaroid’s are scanned in and printed out on canvas paper and then stretched onto a wood frame. I like to shoot things I know and love… the everyday but in a different way; the ordinary but with a twist. My Polaroid’s are a combination of the seemingly ugly and the beautiful that generates this surreal and dream-like sense. I want to raise the status of the plain and the everyday object or face and create it into something complex and abnormal.”

About Portfolio Coffeehouse:
For nearly two decades, Portfolio has hosted legions of local coffee drinkers amidst the tree-lined neighborhoods of Midtown Long Beach. This premiere neighborhood, watering hole embodies the true essence of European culture, offering a welcoming setting for friends to gather, artists to collaborate, and business colleagues to meet. Offering a wide selection of handcrafted food & pastries—and of course enticing coffee/tea brews—Portfolio also presents live music, poetry readings, and fine art exhibitions regularly in an eclectic locale. With the Art Theater on the west end (near the intersection of 4th and Cherry), and Portfolio at the east end, this block of 4th Street provides a pedestrian-friendly shopping and entertainment destination for downtown residents and visitors. www.portfoliocoffeehouse.com.

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