We are back on the blog with 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 their 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 another French photographer, Anne Locquen. Anne lives in La Rochelle and works in a highschool. We came across Anne in the Snap It See It Flickr group, and we were fans from the first dyptic. We have featured her images in a few of our Featured Fridays and figured it was time to learn a little more about her. Please be sure to follow along with her and show some love to her work on her social media sites.
How did you get into instant photography?
I came across my first instant camera at a local flea market and bought it for a few euros. It was love at the first sight and I immedialtely fell the magic touch of instant photography.
It was in 2013… Polaroid as such is a wonderful, unpredictable medium thanks to its unique and so specific grain.
What is your favorite camera used for instant photography?
I think I like all the one I have… SX70, SLR680, 600se, 180.
According to the light and what I want to do (self-portrait, people, landscape, lift) I choose my camera.
What instant camera have you not shot with, but would love to try?
I would love to use 4X5 camera with polaback !
What’s your favorite Impossible film or pack film type?
I love Impossible black and white for SX70, 600 and of course old Polaroid film as 669 (I just have 3 packs in my fridge…). The fuji FP3000 B is really a great film too.
How have you incorporated instant film into your regular workflow?
I only shoot with instant camera and with my rolleiflex. I don’t use digital camera except my iPhone…
How would you describe your voice or vision with instant photography? (does it differ from your other work?)
My works revolves around privacy (intimacy) and finally the size of instant picture is the right fit.
And with creative process as lift I can express poetry I wan’t to put in my pict.
Any personal projects we should know about?
I participate to an exhibition in the south of France in august « Les 9ème Rencontres de Castelfranc ». And a personnal exhibition in Paris in 2016.
What other photographers do you look up too?
The beginnings are not always easy … not to be discouraged !!
What advice would you give to someone just getting into instant photography?
A lot !! Sally Mann, Koudelka, Saul Leiter, Plossu, Guyaert, Mark Cohen, Garry Winogrand….
In instant photography I love Sarah Moon, Amanda Mason, Thomas Zamolo, Stefanie Schneider, Andrew Millar, Maurizio Galimberti, Tarkovsky…
Where does your inspiration come from? Do you seek it out or wait till it finds you?
I am just inspired by people, places and things around me. I think I’m actually looking for poetry of people and things