Artist Spotlight: Joanna Brown

ME PORTRAIT We’re back with another Artist Spotlight. This week, from the UK, we have Joanna Brown. Joanna lives in a cottage in the countryside, a perfect setting for “creating magic” as she says. Joanna is a commercial and wedding photographer who shoots tons of personal work. “I’m inspired by the beauty and poetry of our everyday lives” She describes herself as an artist, story seeker and maker of pretty pictures.






How did you get into instant photography?

I first used Polaroid whilst working as a studio assistant in Sydney, we were shooting film and so had a polaroid back for  test shots.  I have dabbled ever since with various instant cameras but could never find the one until I got my SX-70 and now it is integral to my work.What is your favorite camera used for instant photography?

What is your favorite camera used for instant photography?

It would have to be my SX-70 not only does she give me beautiful results she also looks beautiful too with a leather case 

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

I am yearning after the polaroid land camera 195 or 180 I would love to shoot with this so so very much, I keep bidding on ebay and missing out.  I am positive that I will get one soon, it will come to me I am sure.

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

At the moment I am excited about the colour shade sx-70 colour protection.  I am shooting it more and more looking at the results in different temperatures and lighting and working out what conditions I need to make it work for me.

How have you incorporated instant film into your regular workflow?

I use it as another tool whilst I work on every shoot I can.  I have played for a while with different ideas and set ups and now really understand my SX-70 through trial and error.  I personally like to shoot portraits or still lives in my work, the quality of light is integral to my process

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

I guess my pace slows down due to the nature of instant photography and my ability to identify the decisive moment is heightened.  I feel I am led to a way of working with instant film which is so different to how I work with digital.  It is about understanding my tools and working with them to produce the most beautiful work I possibly can.

Any personal projects we should know about?

I always have one or two personal projects on the go at anyone time, this year I am looking forward to collaborating with some great photographers with the aim of pushing myself out of my comfort zone and having fun.

What other photographers do you look up too?

Blimey this is a tough one, I guess William Eggleston, Juergen Teller, Sophie Calle and Martin Parr have been long time loves.  Other obsessions are Autumn de wilde, Francesca Woodman, Max Wanger & Nina Zivkovic I found on flickr there are so manymore I could on and on and on…. I am constantly looking at a range of photographers variety is the spice of life and all that.

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

Get to know your camera and don’t give up, realize that the film costs can be expensive so it is key to know how to get the best out of your camera and make every shot count.  It is a great discipline as it really is about slowing down and really considering the shot.  The process of creating a photograph with such a specific experience is exciting so I guess to explore the characteristics that your camera and film gives you.

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

I am bit like a sponge, I suck up so many visual things, in particular, paintings, I love the light, color and texture of them.  If I was not a photographer I would be a painter, I am obsessed with going to galleries and sitting in front of a painting.  Music, cinematography, and the beauty of everyday life excites me.  I sometimes look at the little things and it feels profound to me and makes a lot of sense.  I try and keep my senses stimulated and want to feel that wonder that you felt as a child when experiencing the world.  I am lucky that where I live, my family and friends all inspire and challenge me constantly they are a fab bunch.   Who knows when it strikes and in what form; watching a bag blowing down the road can be amazing to me, inspiration is endless and never ceases to amaze me; life is bursting with it.




  1. Thanks so much for the feature I did a happy dance when you wanted to feature me and then a back flip when you did… big love going out to the analogue massive. xxx

  2. hi, I love your works. your beautiful insight impresses me!!!!
    I wanna aks you about the condition of the recent impossible project films.
    Around 2009-2010, I got the films from projects, but the images that I shot disappear and were not stable.
    Does the same problem still happen?

  3. love Joanna’s work, these are lovely and soft!

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