Artist Spotlight: Gerry Irawan

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Todays Artist Spotlight comes to us all the way from Indonesia. When Gerry first introduced himself to us, he sent an email full of images. All shot with his SX-70 and I believe, every version of an Impossible film ever made. What we love about Gerry is that it looks like his camera is with him always. And he is capturing the world around him 1 exposure at a time. You can see more of Gerry’s adventures at the following links.




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

My name is Kanisius Gerry Fidelis Irawan, I am from Jakarta, Indonesia. hahahah…i think some of you maybe never heard of my country. My country is really beautiful even though the political and social condition is still unstable.

I just Graduated from University..Bachelor of Business Majoring in Financial Risk Management/Banking Finance. My passion is in Music and Films, but i do love Polaroid as it gave me the pleasure of creating something out of nothing.

How did you get into instant photography?

At first, I started taking pictures using my parents old camera. Then the hobby turned into lomography since it’s fun and personally i thought it is cute. Then one day I met a friend who are collecting and using Polaroid for some of his time.  From him I learned that Instant Photography is a mode of art when you can perfect it. However I didn’t believe him and I thought that Polaroid was just the same instant camera like fuji had. Later on when I did research more on Polaroid, it got me more curious since Polaroid creates the pictures using chemical reaction and I saw how wonderful is it. So at first I try to borrow my friends camera and start taking Polaroid picture, it doesn’t come out that good, but the feeling of learning and the satisfaction comes from learning on how to make the picture better. From there, it just become a passion and addiction to creates better and “perfect” polaroid pictures.
Cheers Dr.Edwin Land for creating such a machine that are really something.

What is your favorite camera used for instant photography?

My first choice is my loveable Polaroid SX70 folding sonar type.
It is just perfect for me who likes to travel, since it’s easy to carry.

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

I really want to try using an 8×10 camera. I don’t have one and have not gotten the chance!!!
I’ve been to the shop in NYC which has the camera and would love the chance to try.

I would also like to try using professional camera like polaroid land 100-400.. but the price is expensive.!!!

What’s your favorite Impossible film or pack film type?

My favorite films would be the new Impossible Project Color Protection, as well as the Silver Shade. However, the Silver Shade has been hard to perfect.

I also like to us Fuji 3000b since the B&W does come really sharp!

How have you incorporated instant film into your regular workflow?

I haven’t used any of my film to my workflow, it’s only a hobby and my own passion.
However, around 2009 me and few of my friends did a wedding job using different kinds of polaroids and it worked well. We we’re happy that the bride and the groom loved the results.

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

Instant photography for me is a matter of passion and art.. sometimes blurry images could became much much better than a sharp one. It does create more dramatic and realistic pictures.
I don’t expect everyone to like polaroid, but I think when people realized that nothing in this world is perfect, people would appreciate more of polaroid!

Any personal projects we should know about?

I only have a blogspot for now.

Other than that I still don’t have any personal projects…can you recommend me one? hahah

What other photographers do you look up too?

I don’t look to any individual photographers
I admire :

-Andy Warhol
-Ansel Adams
-Lucas Samaras

Also I really inspired by the work of Valérie Evrard
For me she’s so talented!!

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


Where does your inspiration come from? Do you seek it out or wait till it finds you?

My inspiration usually comes naturally, just like I said, I’m not actually a photographer therefore I just
shoot what I think would come out great.

So I think, I just wait till it comes to me.


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