It’s Monday, that means it’s time for 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!
Today on the blog we are featuring Garrick Sauders. Garrick lives in Washing State where he makes a living as a professional landscaper. While his current career has nothing to do with instant photography, it is a way to feed his passion. Garrick has been picking up more work shooting with Polaroids, which includes wedding, personal work and band concerts. “My dream is to one day shoot film for a living and have my life revolve only around film.” Sounds like a solid plan to us! To see more of Garrick’s work, please be sure to check out his social media links.
I started shooting 35mm three years ago, and my friend Emily from Ireland. Knew I shot film and had asked me to get a Polaroid camera for her and send it to her. I obliged and while going on a thrift run at the Goodwill, I spotted a wonderful looking Polaroid 636 One-Shot and bought it for fifteen dollars. About a couple weeks later I thought I would be very nice and get her some film for it as well. That was when I discovered The Impossible Project and ordered my first pack of Color 600 film. A month had passed and Emily had not attempted to contact me so I decided to take and use it for my trip out to Port Angeles. I remember that day clearly. That day the clouds were grey and the water was thrashing about beneath me, with the smell of evergreen and salt hanging heavily in the air. I looked through the lense and pushed in the button. A loud click and a long whirr of the picture ejecting from its cartridge opened my eyes. Quickly, I grabbed the picture and put it in my pocket. But in that instant of a moment, I knew. I knew what I wanted in life, for the first time in my nineteen years of life. I had finally found my passion for Instant photography and from that moment on, I have dedicated my life to Polaroid and Instant photography. It’s all I ever think about and all I ever want to do. But I love it and when I hear that click and the whirr that follows. It brings me back to that moment of the sea boling beneath me and the sweet smell of evergreen and salt, enticing me to push that button again.
What is your favorite camera used for Instant Photography?
That honor has to belong to my very special Polaroid Land camera 250. It was passed down to me through my grandfather who had passed away. I have replaced the batteries in it and it has been the second most used camera of my collection. I have taken many a shot with it and have taken it to the highest reaches of the Olympic Mountains and to the darkest alleys of Puyallup. Its always reliable if not a bit fickle with the exposure and focusing. But I still love it and it gave me the love for double exposures that I have now.
What instant camera have you not shot with, but would love to try?
I would absolutely love to shoot with a Big Shot! Andy Warhol really turned me onto them but I have not yet had the chance to use one! One day I will buy one with the original box and take some Fp-100c and a few flashcubes and have a day with it!
What’s your favorite Impossible film or pack film type?
That would have to belong to SX-70 color Gold frame. Even though I don’t have a working SX-70, I like using it in my 600 and shooting portraits. The film gives the subject a focus that would otherwise be slightly detracted from with regular 600 and I love the outcome from using it. Also the gold frame gives off that royal look to a person. Because everyone I shoot is a royal to me, I reflect this in my film choice.
How have you incorporated instant film into your regular workflow?
I have not had any chance of incorporating it into my work. I find it useless to try and combine the two. That is why I keep the two separate using my job just as a means to get film.
How would you describe your voice or vision with instant photography? (does it differ from your other work?)
I cannot even describe my vision beside being frenetic and unfocused. I have only been shooting for a year and I am wholly still inexperienced. I lack focus, and I enjoy that. I know I am finding myself and I jump around from random project to random project. My vision ultimately is subject to my mind in that instant in time and how I feel. And that can be anything, from landscapes to boudoir and I enjoy every moment of this madness.
Any personal projects we should know about?
I have one I have wanted to shoot for a long time, but due to a lack of resources I have yet to start. I want to do a book of Polaroids showcasing the life of the Polaroid company. Using Polaroid cameras to personify the life and death of the Polaroid company. But I lack the money and sponsors to even begin to start this project. One more project I have is a film, I have been enthralled by 8mm movies this past year and I want to shoot a short film called “Three Figures”. Shot completely on super 8, yet again I lack only the money but I do have the camera.
What other photographers do you look up too?
So many have inspired to continue on. A huge inspiration has been Ray James, his shoots have been a enormous part of my love for model photography. Another is Katie Soze, just wow! I look at her photos and feel some of the emotion she puts into her photos. I really love her style and her story. She also does quite a bit of model photography and I always find myself using a pose she had in one of her photos! Lastly, the my biggest inspiration has to be the group on Facebook called “See, click, Squared”. They all have amazing photos and I get to see either hobbyists or careerists photographers shoot beyond amazing photos. They all kept me going through difficult times and I always find me myself looking at their photos for encouragement.
What advice would you give to someone just getting into instant photography?
The first thing I would say to a beginner is “Money cant buy happiness, but it can buy Polaroid film”. What it means for me is that don’t worry about how much a pack of film costs but imagine what your getting out of it. Also don’t worry about making mistakes, because you can turn any mistake into a beautiful mistake. Learning is based off mistakes so don’t be afraid to jump into Instant Photography! The waters fine!
Where does your inspiration come from? Do you seek it out or wait till it finds you?
My inspiration comes from anywhere and everywhere. If I see a interesting man crossing the street I am most certainly going to ask to take a picture. A more stable source comes from my inspirations as I mentioned before. But I never know when I will turn that inspiration into a picture. But when it comes to my mind, inspiration comes in an instant, and all I have to do is let it develop and manifest itself before me. Just like a Polaroid.