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 there instant film work. We try to provide our readers with a new spotlight each week, but we apologize that we have missed a few. Believe us, we have interviews out, but it’s a busy time of year for a lot of people and getting them back can take time. 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, the spotlight is on French photographer, Baptiste Trumeau. Baptiste has been using the #snapitseeit hashtag on social media and we loved what we were seeing. His work had such a great color pallet to it, we wanted to know a little more about the person behind the camera. Please take a moment and check out his feeds on social media and show him some love.
• A little about yourself. Where you are from and what you do.
Howdy folks! My name’s Baptiste, I’m 22 and I’m from Bordeaux, France. I stopped school last year. I work at Disneyland Paris for every holidays, you can come by and say hello! It’s great to be there, waiting for something else. I like music & sound. I play the electric bass guitar, and would love the play the piano. I love cats, vinyl records, Pokémon, my car, and I’ve always been fascinated by photography… and Polaroid cameras of course. It’s not my passion though, I just press the shutter like everyone else can do!
How did you get into instant photography?
So we’re back to 2012. I remembered that my dad had a Polaroid 636 Talking Camera (barely used with only 1 or 2 film packs). I looked for the camera but couldn’t find it. So I opened Amazon, and typed “Polaroid”. I wasn’t aware that Polaroid stopped all of its instant films and cameras. I saw the “Polaroid PIC300” and ordered one with 2 packs to start. I didn’t know what I was dealing with. I received it and took my first photo. That was kind of bad. Then I had some “good” shots. By good, I mean something in focus and correctly exposed. But the size of the photos was very small compared to what I remembered. During summer 2013, I talked with a girl on Instagram and she told me everything about Polaroid, and that Impossible arrived some time ago, saving the last factory… And of course, that the camera I ordered wasn’t a real Polaroid. So I looked again for my dad’s camera and could finally find it! At that time, Impossible made a clearance sale with its PX600 Cool Silver Shade film. That’s how I bought their film for the first time, and really dug into instant photography! Crazy.
What is your favorite camera used for instant photography?
What instant camera have you not shot with, but would love to try?
I didn’t shot with the Polaroid SX-70 folding camera but I would love to try it (and have it of course!). I’ve once been meeting Ian Fleming (@ian_bath on twitter) and we took the same photo at the same time with both Impossible Color films: I got the 600 film and he had the SX-70 film. The results were clearly different! On another point, the Fujifilm Instax 500AF seems very interesting too, because that’s the only Instax Wide camera with which you can disable the flash… I couldn’t take a long exposure with my Instax 210, and sometimes, that’s a really bad point. Even the Instax 300, that has a tripod hole, can’t have its flash totally disabled. I don’t get why.
What’s your favorite Impossible film or pack film type?
How have you incorporated instant film into your regular workflow?
How would you describe your voice or vision with instant photography? (does it differ from your other work?)
Any personal projects we should know about?
(8) What other photographers do you look up too?
What advice would you give to someone just getting into instant photography?
There’s much to say! First of all, welcome to the magical world of instant photography, you’ll never be alone. 🙂 If you choose Instax, I’ll advise you to choose a wide camera, that’s easier to apprehend. Nearly everything is automatic and there’s not much you have to worry about. Colors are truer, it’s great for landscapes and when fidelity is important. If you choose Polaroid and integral film, now made by Impossible, you should try their black & white film first, and don’t forget to equip your camera with Impossible’s Frog Tongue, as the film needs to be shielded from the light when it ejects, for now. B&W develops fast. Leave the exposure dial in the middle for your first exposition. The best temperature for shooting is 20°C – 68°F. If it’s under 10°C – 50°F, leave your photo 10 seconds under the frog tongue. Then, the best is to have an inside pocket in your jocket, it will heat your photo and helps the photo to develop better. But be careful not to bend the frame! If the temperature is higher than 25°C – 77°F, let the photo approximately 5 to 10 seconds under the frog tongue, then, you should put the photo in the box that came with your film pack, and leave it inside a bag or any cooler place. Another important thing with Impossible film, is to avoid contrasted scenes. Use the flash when possible, even outside, as soon as there’s no risk of reflections that would get the exposure wrong. Always take your time, never try to shoot in the hurry. Any unopened film pack should be kept in your fridge, placed the higher possible inside it and flat. After your first packs, you’ll see that Impossible photography is very great too. Sometimes unpredictable, sometimes you’ll fail, and anyway you can’t always make good photos using instant film (even with Instax, there’s no need to feed any troll), but it’s always creative! If you have any other question, or need anything, feel free to ask me on twitter or facebook! 🙂
(10) Where does most of your inspiration come from? Do you seek it out or wait till it finds you?