Artist Spotlight: Jeremias Santochi

by Malvina Battiston

by Malvina Battiston

Welcome back for another Artist Spotlight. This is our weekly feature of artist and photographers who use instant film in their work. Today we are featuring Jeremias Santochi. Jeremias is from a little city called Zapala in Argentina. While in college studying industrial engineering, photography started calling his name. 4 years ago, he started to assist and second shoot for other photographers. Not knowing what type of photography he wanted to pursue, he found the work of Jonas Peterson and became inspired. Because he loves working with people, weddings became a natural fit. He has been a solo photographer for about a year now and is working instant film into his client work. Please check out more of Jeremias work at the following links.

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How did you get into instant photography?

I went to FDF 2013, a gathering in the city of Rosario. I had the chance to meet awesome photographers and as part of the organization I was able to have little talk between workshops with the speakers. Hiram Trillo was doing his workshop and while he was shooting and teaching I meet Michael Ash Smith. He was doing a quick photo-shoot with a girl, I had heard him talking about instant film the day before, I think it was that moment when I fell for instant film. I’m a shy and slow photographer, I really love how instant makes you slow down. Secondly, I wanted something pure, magic and real for my photography. Instant film is all of those things.

What is your favorite camera used for instant photography?

My only and favorite camera is a Polaroid 100

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

I would love to try a 600SE and my dream camera would be an 8×10 to shoot instant with.

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

Right now my favorite pack film is 3000b by fuji

How have you incorporated instant film into your regular workflow?

I´m trying to, I’m slowly building up an instant portfolio my idea is to shoot at least 1 pack per wedding and one pack at least for every personal project in the future.
The thing I love about instant is giving away the positive, I’ll never keep a positive, for me instant is about the look in the eyes of people when I’m peeling apart the photo. I’d rather keep a dirty negative and then scan it, but I don’t hold to the positives.

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

I don´t have a voice yet, I’m learning the alphabet right now, but all I can say is that instant is another medium (a beautiful one) to experiment with, it makes me shoot really slow compared to digital but I don’t think it differs from my other work.

Any personal projects we should know about?

I´m doing a personal project about ballet, I started out 7 weeks ago, and I have 6 week until the final show, I spend 3 hours every week in one of the rehearsal classes and I’m doing it to find myself throughout the project. It is hard to shoot every week in the same place with the same people, but it’s making me go deeper and truly ask myself why I do what I do.

What other photographers do you look up too?

For me it is all about people and love and telling stories, that is why Steve McCurry is my favorite photographer. I love his work, especially his “lost in thought” series. Wedding wise, Jeff Ascough is by far the best wedding photojournalists on earth.

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

Jump in to it, do your research, find something that works for you and your personality.

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

I used to be the usual “look every single photo you can in one day”, now I realize that inspiration came in different forms, it can be a song, a movie, a book. I carry a moleskine notebook with me and right down notes when I fell inspired.

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