Another weekend has come and gone. It’s Monday, and that means it’s time for 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. If you would like to be featured, or have someone in mind that you would like to see, reach out and let us know. You can email us or simply comment below.
A little about yourself, where you are from and what you do.
Hello, my name is Devin. People call me Devin. I’m a film photographer/dancer/human from San Diego now living in New York. Founder/curator of Indiecency Mag, A Tepid Serenity, & An Ambient Intimacy. I brew beer and work for a great company you may have heard of called The Impossible Project. I tell really bad jokes.
How did you get into instant photography?
I shot film for a brief time, but it wasn’t until I saw one of the original TV ads for the SX-70 this last summer that knew that I had to try it. You could say that my love for instant photography is still…..developing. *applause*
What is your favorite camera used for instant photography?
I’ve been using my Graflex to shoot fp-100c45 quite a lot recently, but I just got my SX-70 modded to take 600 film natively so I’ve been dying for this frigid city to defrost so I can take it out and shoot my life savings away.
What instant camera have you not shot with, but would love to try?
I am in love with 3000b but I have yet to actually use it with a decent camera for the low light shots that I adore, so something like a Mamiya Universal or anything with a peel apart back and a fast aperture would be lovely.
What’s your favorite Impossible film or pack film type?
Being able to shoot the 8×10 Impossible film so often has been a blessing but for everyday use probably just any Color SX70 film
How have you incorporated instant film into your regular workflow?
All of my 35mm cameras are getting repaired or are loaned to friends so at the moment all I have are instant cameras to work with.
How would you describe your voice or vision with instant photography? (does it differ from your other work?)
My vision is me and a few of my closest friends walking through a field at 1am one by one chiming in to sing “White” by Frank Ocean. I want to take pictures people can look at and remember their own version of the night.
Any personal projects we should know about?
At the moment I’ve been working on a projection series, but I’m always working on a project called “not taking mediocre photos” that’s always a struggle.
What other photographers do you look up too?
Nan Goldin is fantastic. The Ballad of Sexual Dependency is and probably always will be amongst my favorite books ever. I was also recently blown away by Andrew Brucker’s early portraiture, Robert Capa’s work in color and “Sentimental Journey” by Nobuyoshi Araki. For current photographers, names that come to mind include Josh Wool, Paul Esposito, Lobbiaz, Theo Gosselin, J Caldwell, Adriano Sodre, Kimi Selfridge, Guilia Bersani, and others.
What advice would you give to someone just getting into instant photography?
A lot of people start using alternate methods of photography because they think it will make their pictures better. Instead of taking a picture that’s good because it’s an instant photograph, try to take a good image that just happens to be an instant photograph.
Where does most of your inspiration come from? Do you seek it out or wait till it finds you?
I think I just have to live more. I’m always looking to capture these existential, ephemeral moments but in order to do that I actually have to experience those moments. Considering New York is heavily saturated with photographers and artists, I’m surprisingly not inspired by what’s around me too often. I get inspired when I listen to someone talk about things they’re passionate about, when I listen to good music, and when I give in to spontaneity. An IPA or two helps.