It’s Monday, that means it’s time for another Artist Spotlight. If you are new to the blog, this is a feature, where we spotlight photographers and artist that are inspiring others with there instant film work. We try to provide our readers with a new spotlight each week, so if you would like to be featured or know of someone you would like to see on the blog, drop us a line. We love putting people in the spotlight!
This week our spotlight is on Berlin photographer Anna Blightman. We were introduced to Anna by our friends at Impossible. They told us of some awesome projects she had in the works, and we loved her creativity! Please do yourself a favor and check out all of her social media links. Trust us, you will be inspired both behind the camera and behind an apron in the kitchen .
• A little about yourself. Where you are from and what you do.
I am from a little town in England called Farnham, am currently living in between Berlin and Bristol. The boxes are packed ready but we are a bit delayed. I am hoping to start a small gallery space once I arrive in Bristol.
How did you get into instant photography?
I got my first Polaroid 600 when I was 10. I loved the whole concept of it and have loads of shots of my dolls in trucks, farm animals and my family. I was always interested in photography and studied it for my degree, but sadly lost my Polaroid camera during these years. Later, whilst I was working we did a project with give away Polaroid images, and ordered a huge amount of film which I was lucky enough to be able to take home once the project was over…this rekindled my love affair with the medium, but this was 2008, the year of change for instant photography !
What is your favorite camera used for instant photography?
My SX-70. Cannot leave it behind !
What instant camera have you not shot with, but would love to try?
I have never tried the spectra, my next gift to myself I think.
What’s your favorite Impossible film or pack film type?
I really enjoyed the instability of the Colour Protection film. There is so much more control now it is crazy to think how many shots I took really not knowing what the outcome would be.
How have you incorporated instant film into your regular workflow?
I have tried to create my regular workflow from instant photography.
How would you describe your voice or vision with instant photography? (does it differ from your other work?)
I try to look beyond the idea of constantly pushing a button until you get the result you want. Instead I like to try and capture the idea of a moment, just that one moment. And enjoy the imperfections of the film, the fact that you need to frame the image. Slow down and look around.
Any personal projects we should know about?
I am working on several projects but am most excited at the moment about my Polaroid Recipe Cards which have just come back from the printers. A series of 15 recipes featuring images shot on instant film. And housed in a box designed specifically for the project. This was a very exciting project to me and to finally have the product in my hand is amazing. I cannot wait to start my next project but need to settle first ! I also make clocks from instant film. Both of these are on sale locally in Berlin with Jörn at his Sofortbild Shop http://www.sofortbild-shop.de/ and also on my etsy page. (link above)
What other photographers do you look up too?
I am a member of a group in Berlin called Edwin Erbens and each and everyone of the members I look up to.
What advice would you give to someone just getting into instant photography?
Don’t worry about your mistakes, but do learn from them. And shoot film around 4pm during the summer, it gives my favourite light.
Where does your inspiration come from? Do you seek it out or wait till it finds you?
Both. I often work over time in my own head.