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, so 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 Los Angeles based event photographer for L.A. Taco, Erwin Recinos. We came across Erwin on Instagram and loved the images of L.A. culture he was showcasing. Everything form the people, the city and the lowrider cars. As always, 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.
How did you get into instant photography?
I wanted to try something new. It was a conscious decision. One I have made many times with my photographic work. When I feel the time is right I leap into another medium. I believe it’s harder now than ever before because of the state of film / instant photography industry.
What is your favorite camera used for instant photography?
I enjoy using all of them. Currently I am enjoying the use of a Polaroid 600SE that another photographer, Ralph Ziman, offered to let me use. It’s been a great two months and I have put the camera to good use. It’s challenging and fun which I believe photography should be.
What instant camera have you not shot with, but would love to try?
Any 4×5 or 8×10 camera with an instant back. I myself missed the boat with instant film when I was first starting to shoot. I’m trying to make up for lost time.
Recently a photographer here in Los Angeles, Jim McHugh, is using a 8×10 camera and is taking these unique and wonderful Polaroids of graffiti and tattoo artist. That’s something to aspire too.
What’s your favorite Impossible film or pack film type?
B&W Polaroid 600 with the black frames. When Impossible came out with these I immediately jumped on them. I also still find packs of expired Polaroid 600 and enjoy those as well. They are unpredictable and it’s great to see what comes from them.
How have you incorporated instant film into your regular workflow?
Great question. I’m trying too as much as possible but instant being an expensive price point I use them sparingly for special occasions or intimate moments such as family gatherings.
I have actually incorporated the Fuji FP100C film using the Polaroid 600SE more in to my workflow the last two months. Using a negative reclaim process I saw online and with some advice from a fellow pixer, Desilu Munoz. With time I may have a successful new photographic series added to my photo archive.
How would you describe your voice or vision with instant photography? (does it differ from your other work?)
Intimate & present. With instant photography your results show up in a matter of seconds. Stamping time with a person you’ve created an image with, or a place you frequent that you believe no one else knows. It’s not a far stretch from my regular work but with more practice I hope it will become a series of work that will broaden my other work.
Any personal projects we should know about?
I just recently released a new zine at Long Beach Zinefest in April, Walking DTLA, digital photographs of the changing urban landscape of downtown Los Angeles.
I’m working on the third installment of a zine series titled Metro Anonymous, a strictly mobile photography series dedicated to public transit here in Los Angeles. It will be my third zine in the series.
I am a member of the photographic collective Snapshot Galleria, a quarterly online zine that features all film photography from homegrown Los Angeles photographers. I contribute by means of photography and interviews of photographers for the collective.
What other photographers do you look up too?
I admire my peers in photography. People I have connected with and worked with. My collective members from Snapshot Galleria: Kwasi Boyd-Bouldin, Nery Madrid and Luis Torres. The photographers from LATACO.com that have contributed to its success.
What advice would you give to someone just getting into instant photography?
Take your time and breath. Embrace the process. See the image. It’s a process and I guarantee if you slow it down you will be more conscious of those instant moments.
Where does your inspiration come from? Do you seek it out or wait till it finds you?
I believe it’s a bit of both. I’m inspired by the process of capturing an image and seeing it thru to it’s final result. With my many outlets for blogging and sharing my imagery online I seek people and places to create and capture moments.