Spending his days working digitally as a photographer for The Canberra Times, Rohan Thomson chose to shoot exclusively in Polaroids for his first solo exhibition.
Using a discontinued black and white, pull apart, instant film and a 1950s Polaroid Land Camera, Thomson worked over three months to capture 26 people in Canberra.
His resulting exhibition, The Makers, is a series of 52 black and white stills, only eight centimetres by 11 centimetres in size.
"It's pictures of Canberra artists and makers - I tried not to be too specific on what kind of people they are. I photographed a motorcycle builder, some furniture makers and some painters and glass artist and some dancers and writers," Thomson said.
"I think there's a lot of interesting people in Canberra doing lots of interesting things, and it was a great excuse to go and meet a lot of them."
There are two portraits of each subject, one on a black backdrop and one in their workspace, and the whole project took Thomson just under three months to shoot.
For the exhibition, the collection of Polaroids is hung directly on the wall in pairs at The Photography Room in Kingston.
"I used polaroid because it's beautiful, it has its own analogue quality and it's a digital-free process which I like. The pictures show all their little imperfections and nice bits," he said.
"I tried to only take two frames to get two Polaroids. Some I took four, but most I just did in two frames. Some people were a bit confronted by the face-on shot.
"It was nice to be able to show people the finished work when I was there with them. Not everyone was 100 per cent happy but most people were happy and nobody vetoed any."
Thomson, who has photographed for The Canberra Times for seven years, was awarded a Young Walkley for his photography and video work in 2015.
The Makers is on at The Photography Room gallery at the Old Bus Depot, Kingston from March 24 until April 30.