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 Idaho based photographer Celina Wyss. By day, Celina works in property management. By night she is a mother an artist and an avid gamer. We have featured some of Celina’s work in our Featured Friday post, our assignment post and she has done some amazing collaborations with friend of the blog, Ben Innocent. To see more of Celina’s work, please visit the following links.
I shot my first Impossible photo in November 2010 on Push. I’ve been hooked on instant ever since.
What is your favorite camera used for instant photography?
My trusty SX-70 recently became my not so trusty camera when it finally gave out a few weeks ago. SX-70 is still by far my most used and favorite camera. I love the control you get with focus and nothing beats the classic beauty of that camera.
What instant camera have you not shot with, but would love to try?
I have yet to shoot 4×5 and now with the New55 Film coming I suppose I am now in the market for one. I am excited that the future of instant film is still going strong and new opportunities are arising for people like myself to try out old formats.
What’s your favorite Impossible film or pack film type?
My all time favorite film was the dreaminess of Impossible PX680 cool. I loved the results from this film. These days I prefer SX-70 Color.
How have you incorporated instant film into your regular workflow?
Instant film has become my primary form of shooting with digital taking a back burner. I used to shoot exclusively with my DSLR and now most trips it is left behind. I have wholeheartedly fallen for instant.
How would you describe your voice or vision with instant photography? (does it differ from your other work?)
I think I’m still trying to find my voice with photography and art. I love to learn new processes and try out all forms of art and mediums. I would like to think I’m a constant work in progress.
Any personal projects we should know about?
Currently Ben Innocent and I have our collaborative work hanging in my hometown of Boise with another show in the works in the United Kingdom in June. I was honored to have recently been published in a greeting card set through Chronicle recently too.
What other photographers do you look up too?
My partner, Ben Innocent, wows me and inspires me on a daily basis. I look up to every instant photographer that dares to be different and keep the instant film community alive. I appreciate you all!
What advice would you give to someone just getting into instant photography?
Be patient. Expect failure. Learn from your mistakes and pay attention to temperature.
Where does your inspiration come from? Do you seek it out or wait till it finds you?
I find if I go seeking inspiration I come back lacking quality work. If I let go of expectations and be open more often an idea will start to form. Sometimes they work and sometimes not. It’s all part of the process.