Stevie Nicks Polaroid Self-Portraits: Before Selfies Were Cool

June 6, 2019

Long before selfies became ubiquitous, Stevie Nicks was experimenting with her own self-portraits. In the ’70s and ’80s, Stevie was traveling the world for her music. While on the road she fell in love with photography, but she also a terrible insomnia. She decided to make use of the late-night hours and experiment with a polaroid camera, a tripod and an extension cord remote.

I love this intimate look at Stevie during a time when she was on top of her career. Some of the shots are simple while others are more artsy showing off her incredible costumes. The colors and direction of the photos are so beautifully authentic.

Until recently, these polaroids were hidden away in Stevie’s closet, but with the help of her friend Dave Stewart, she showed them at an exhibition at Morrison Hotel Gallery.

I’ve always had an obsession with Polaroids. Probably because I would find them scattered around my parent’s home growing up. I have one of my grandma, Evelyn, in her famous all-white wardrobe and an oversized hat that sits proudly on my desk. I love that Polaroids are never perfect looking. Ironically, making them all that more perfect to me.

 

“Woo hoo, witchy woman
See how high she flies
Woo hoo, witchy woman
She got the moon in her eye”

-Witchy Woman, Eagles (about Stevie Nicks)