Artist Spotlight: DArcy Benincosa

D'Arcy Benincosa

D’Arcy Benincosa

Welcome back to another Artist Spotlight. This week we bring you D’Arcy Benincosa. Last year, I had the opportunity to attend FIND. Being a part of the FIND community, has opened my eyes to some truly amazing photographers and wonderful people. While scrolling through some other attendees websites, I came across D’Arcy. I honestly had to stop for a minute to take in her work. It really is that beautiful. When I noticed she shot polaroids, I dug a little deeper into her port and knew we needed to feature her. Please take the time to vist D’Arcy’s links. Trust me, this girl knows her way around some 3000B.

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

Two days after I turned 20, I bought my first legit camera, and I moved to Paris. Those two events changed the course of my life forever. After Paris, I moved to New York City to get a Masters in the Arts from my dream school: New York University.  I combined my vision of people and my understanding of composition of art to create my very own brand of photographyTo me, telling people’s stories, no matter how big or small, is the happiest part of my life. After one beautiful shoot on a rooftop in Harlem, I decided that photography would not only be my passion, but it would be my work too. Life is too short to do anything other than what you feel called to do.

When I’m not clicking a photo you can often find me in old bookstores in New York or Paris, taking in a Broadway show or art exhibit, jetting off to San Francisco for some Salted Caramel ice cream, poring over fashion magazines, watching episodes of 30 Rock, and reading Jane Austen.

(1) How did you get into instant photography?

As a creative child (some would say ADHD these days) the polaroid world was immediate, gratifying, and addicting. I had a little blue camera that shot out images that I captured and developed them right in front of my eyes. As I grew older and got more serious about my photography I discovered the 600SE, fell in love, and have never looked back! It’s a true, true love. Abiding love. When I discovered Instant Photography, I discovered my soul mate.

(2) What is your favorite camera used for instant photography?

One and only one: The Polaroid 600SE

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

I’d love to shoot with a polaroid back on my 4×5. They’ve stopped making the film, and when they did make it it was about $10 per photo, but I have seen the results and I have been transported to heaven with them.

(4) What’s your favorite Impossible film or pack film type?

I’m a solid believer in Fuji 3000b. I’ve tried others and never get the results I love like I do with the Fuji 3000b.

(5) How have you incorporated instant film into your regular workflow?

I carry by Polaroid 600SE with me to every shoot. I capture a few polaroids during each shoot (maybe only 4-5) and give them in my thank you cards to my clients. They LOVE them. It’s the favorite part of the package! I’ve mastered my camera and technique to the point where I rarely have a wasted photo. If you don’t understand the exposure of each film you are using with the camera–then it can get to be expensive.

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

Most of my film and digital photography have a sense of movement in it. I like things in motion. Because of the nature of the polaroid camera I use, I feel like my polaroid work is very still, very soft, and very captivating. It’s soul searching in a way when you capture that one perfectly still moment in time. One of my favorite polaroids is of my friend Fayth, standing in my back room, just looking out the window. It’s one of my most perfect photographs.

(7) Any personal projects we should know about?

My favorite project is documenting the life of my niece. It’s called the Patience Project. I gained custody of her last year while both of her parents were in rehab for meth addiction. There is a special place on my website devoted to her life. It’s my most important ongoing project.
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(8) What other photographers do you look up too?

I’ve actually had to stop looking at other photographers work for a little while, because it distracts from my own voice and vision. I feel like a lot of wedding photography and other things are all starting to look the same. Lately, I’ve gone back to painters, like Sandro Boticelli to get some inspiration about colors, shapes, moods, and more.

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

Don’t let fear of money keep you from getting creative. Sometimes I look at a wasted polaroid and think–There goes $1.50 down the garbage! And that kind of self talk can really stunt your creativity. Instead, I just never buy coffee. Most people spend $5 a day on their coffee. I have chosen to spend my $5 a day on polaroids.

(10) Where does most of your inspiration come from? Do you seek it out or wait till it finds you?

Short Answer… I wait for nothing!

Comments

  1. I la la LOVE D’Arcy and her polaroid work! great feature and interview!

  2. Yay! Just go to a computer so I can post this now! I’m so honored!

  3. D’Arcy’s work is absolutely FABULOUS! I am over the moon that we’ll meet in person later this year. Meeting creative talents is food to my soul 🙂

  4. Darcy is the most talented photographer I have ever seen

  5. Beautiful and inspiring!

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