Artist Spotlight: Bastian Kalous

Me Portrait-Chocolate100-Ebony SV45TI camera We are back on the blog with another Artist Spotlight. If you are new to the blog, this is a weekly feature, where we spotlight photographers and artist that are inspiring others with there instant film work.

This week, the spotlight is on Germany based photographer Bastian Kalous. Bastin actually contacted me on Facebook a while back just to say hi. After checking out his work, I knew I wanted to share it here. You can see more of Bastian’s work and follow him online at the links below.

Website | Facebook | Flickr | Tumblr | Instagram


• A little about yourself. Where you are from and what you do.

My name is Bastian Kalous, I was born in 1980 in a small town called Freyung. I am still living here and I enjoy it more and more with every year that goes by. I love the fact that it is possible for me, in a few minutes, to reach places where I can find silence, which I really love and need. There is mostly no chance to get reached by some mobiel phone noise, where I can hear no cars or other loud noises. What I can hear is the silent noise of the winds blowing through the woods and over the hilltops. Sometimes the slight rain is touching my face and knocks gently on my shoulder. There is a lot of snow in winter and warm lovely summer nights. It’s my home. I have worked here for a few years in the hospital and I need mother nature to recover myself.

How did you get into instant photography?

 I found my love for photography and especially instant photography a few years ago. I still get this glimmer in my eyes when I find some amazing images taken with instant film. I saw a photo taken with original Time Zero film on the internet. This was when I got addicted to it and I have been on the hunt for more and more film to shoot with since.

What is your favorite camera used for instant photography?

 My personal favorite camera for shooting instant film is my own 4×5 Ebony SV45TI. It’s such a beautiful camera. For my taste it is a artwork of it’s own.

What instant camera have you not shot with, but would love to try?

 I haven’t shot with a NPC 195 camera. It would be amazing to test this beautiful cameras.

What’s your favorite Impossible film or pack film type?

 My favorite impossible film is the actual SX-70 Color film. It’s very good for my work out in the fields. It’s stable and I can shoot it in bright light conditions too. They are doing really good work for my taste. My favorite packfilm is the Polaroid 669 film or the 661 film. From Fuji, I love the very expired FP-100c film and my absolute favorite is the type 79 original Polaroid film. That’s a 4×5 sheet film with very natural colors. What amazes me as well is the type 55 film. The negaitve of this film is so very delicious. I hope the best for us all that the NEW55 Project will produce this film for us. I keep my fingers crossed for them and for us.

How have you incorporated instant film into your regular workflow?

 Instant film is my regular work. I loved the style of these film types and just wanted to use this material. I love the fact that you never know what the actual film pack in the camera will produce for you. It’s sometimes so very different and unexpected. It’s a good, wild film material for the beautiful nature works in the wilderness. There you also never know what will be there or what you will find on some new paths. It’s such a great combination for my taste and I never get disappointed.

How would you describe your voice or vision with instant photography? (does it differ from your other work?)

 I am strictly shoot my work on instant film.

Any personal projects we should know about?
Any personal projects… I try to be outside as often as i can. I also try to travel as often as i can.
Projects for my photography… There was an exhibition of some of my images in Berlin since last monday. Now I will keep my eyes open for another exhibition this year. There is a big one coming next year aroung here in the headquarter of the National Park.

Actual there is the 12:12 Men Project going on. A Project with 12 male artists. Everybody have to choose a theme and all the guys have to shoot for it for a month. The next month is a new theme from another guy. It goes over 12 months. There will be a lot of great works will follow so you should keep your eyes open for it.

12:12 Men | Facebook


What other photographers do you look up too?

It’s hard to name all because there are so many amazing photographers out there. Just keep your eyes open on Snap It, See It, Flickr, Polanoid, Polaroid-Passion, Polaroiders Italia and you will find a lot of them.
One of the most amazing for sure is Mr. Ansel Adams.

What advice would you give to someone just getting into instant photography?

Don’t give it up. Just keep trying and be sure that the instant magic will catch you.

Where does your inspiration come from? Do you seek it out or wait till it finds you?

Most of the time I just wait what will come up. Also on my tours I just keep it coming in front of me and let the magic just happen when it’s there. The biggest inspirtation is the beautiful mother nature which surrounds me and all of us. I let my view float over every little thing I can catch with my eyes. And most of the time it’s just so very little and common which is the biggest inspiration.


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