The Promise

Tracy May Fouts's avatar Tracy May Fouts

Measuring 4 in by 6 in, these intimate captures of Baby Jesus with Mary and Joseph stir an emotion inside the viewer of love, comfort and hope. The diffused color and muted saturation from the unique and one-of-a-kind Polaroid transfer and lift help focus the viewer's attention on the subject matter and what it represents. The promise. Jesus is the promise of hope, life, freedom, deliverance and truth that so many people desire. The fascination of children holding the baby Jesus when they first experience setting up a nativity set is recreated through these stills. For a moment in time, we are reminded why we cherish the promise. Since film and darkrooms seem like something of the past, these pieces bring back the heritage of darkroom photography. Taken from 35mm film, these Polaroids were re-created with a large format camera back, in the darkroom, then lifted and transferred. These pieces are photographed by me with the permission of Willow Tree, the makers of the nativity set.

Entry Details
  • Art form: 2-D
  • Depth: 1
  • Medium: Polaroid Lift and Transfer
  • Width: 4
  • Year created: 2014
  • Height: 6