Another weekend has come and gone, but the good news is, it’s Monday! If you are a regular reader of the blog, you know that means it’s Artist Spotlight time. If you are a first time reader, this is a weekly post , where we get to feature photographers and other creatives, doing beautiful things with instant film.
Today we are featuring German photographer, Ina Echternach. Ina has been sharing some beautiful work on Flickr and Instagram and since getting an Instant Lab, has fascinated us with some beautiful collages.
“Hello, I’m Ina Echternach from Germany. I live near Bonn in the nature park Siebengebirge. Life amidst nature, i.e. in a nature park is pure inspiration to me. I finance my passion for instant photography and make my living by developing marketing concepts for sustainable products and putting them in the right light.” – Ina
You can see more of Ina’s work at the following links.
How did you get into instant photography?
The magic started in December 2010 while watching a documentary about instant photography called “Polaroid – Magic Moments” on ARTE, the Franco-German TV channel. That’s when the Polaroid bug got me. I sat down at my computer right away, went to the impossible project website, then to flickr and eventually to eBay 😉 Shortly after that, the TIP films and my first Polaroid camera arrived and my very first attempts felt “right”. I had a sense of having finally found my long-sought place in photography.
What is your favorite camera used for instant photography?
The SX-70! I remember holding it in my hands for the first time and opening it carefully.
The sound it makes when you take a picture and then the magical moment when you take a first look at the photograph – great!
What instant camera have you not shot with, but would love to try?
There are actually three cameras that I would really like to try out:
- A Polaroid 600 SE or Mamiya Universal. I’d really like to photograph more with pack film. At the moment I have a Polaroid Land Camera 350, but sadly, we’re not warming up to one another. I have a feeling that the 600 SE/Mamiya might be a better fit for me.
- A CB 70 adapter for integral film would go well with a 600SE or a medium format camera. The idea of being able to influence shutter speed and exposure time appeals to me tremendously.
- I’m head over heels with photographs that have been taken with a Graflex Crown Graphic or a similar baseboard camera that I’d really like to try out sometime!
What’s your favorite Impossible film or pack film type?
Without doubt the Px 70 PUSH film. The way it alters reality is captivating. The pictures have a timeless, dreamlike effect.
How have you incorporated instant film into your regular workflow?
Instant photography has become an independent workflow for me. Since I’m not a professional photographer, I can allow myself the luxury of doing with less and less digital photography. The great thing about analog photography is that it becomes physically/haptically existent at once.
How would you describe your voice or vision with instant photography? (does it differ from your other work?)
I’m still right in the middle of my experimental phase.
Any personal projects we should know about?
I have been fascinated by trees for some time now and I’m working on a series of photographs that combine pictures and poetry.
What other photographers do you look up too?
Phew, there’s so much talent out there. Just take a look at the flickr roid week pool 2013 http://www.flickr.com/groups/polaroidweek2013/
There you’ll find pictures of all the people I’d really like to recommend here, but won’t, because sadly, there’s just not enough space 😉
There’s one artist that I’ve just discovered for myself and that I’d like to name, nevertheless:
Huang Xiaoliang 黄晓亮. I’m fascinated by his paper silhouette-like Polaroids.
The following projects have impressed me and keep popping up in my mind:
Hooray For Hollywood Signs by Toby Hancock, Abandoned Rest House by Eva Flaskas, Above The Clouds by Bastian Kalous, The Girl and The Universe… by Celina Wyss & Ben Innocent, Manipulations by Juli Werner, 26 by 26 by Meredith Wilson, Impossible Portraits by Marcelo Yáñez and Dracula by Brian Henry.
Oh, and the Venice emulsion lifts by Katia Gabbiano Nero that keep whisking me away to that beautiful city.
What advice would you give to someone just getting into instant photography?
Stray from your habitual paths and try out anything that comes into your head!
When you’re working with impossible film, most of the time something will happen that you haven’t anticipated, you get more! The only thing you need is the calmness to approach the medium and to wait and see what happens.
Where does your inspiration come from? Do you seek it out or wait till it finds you?
Thankfully, inspiration comes when I’ve started with the process. It takes wing somewhere in my subconscious.
This is why I am constantly feeding my brain with pictures, words and music or spend time in nature.