Welcome back to another Artist Spotlight. This is our weekly installment on the blog featuring artist with a clear and unique voice with instant photography. This week we got a chance to talk with Josh Ulmer of Ulmer Studios. Live from Nashville, TN, Josh and his lovely wife Amber are not only amazing wedding photographers, they are amazing people.
How do I know?
We recently met over a glass of sweet tea and some great BBQ when they traveled to North Carolina to shoot a wedding. Though our time was short, I could tell they are the type of people you would just want to be around and I cant wait till the next time we can meet up. Oh, and he has a rockin’ beard to boot.
You can find more of his work at the following links.
How did you get into instant photography?
I have always been drawn to it from back in the day when my grandad who we used to go stay with when we were little would always pull out his One Step Plus and snag photos of us with. My love of it as a photographer though grew when a couple of years ago my chiropractor gave me one that was his from when he used to be in film school. He gave me a mint Polaroid 240 Land Camera, all it needed was a battery! So thus became the joy & obsession with instant.
What is your favorite camera used for instant photography?
Aghhh…do I have to pick just one? Well hmm..it would be a tie between my SX70 Sonar & then a Polaroid Super Shooter that I picked up for $2 that shoots pack film!
What instant camera have you not shot with, but would love to try?
I would love to get my hands on a Polaroid Land Camera 195
What’s your favorite Impossible film or pack film type?
Impossible Film: PX70
Pack Film: FP-3000B
How have you incorporated instant film into your regular workflow?
I don’t know that I have fully incorporated it or not. I shoot instant when I feel like it fits the mood or helps to describe more of what I see in the moment. For me it’s about the feeling I have and knowing that instant will in a sense transport me to that place again better than any other format.
How would you describe your voice or vision with instant photography? (does it differ from your other work?)
I think trying to find magic in the simple moments. Sure there are times when I set something up, but for the most part, I want my instant photography to be simple and showcase how even the simplest moments as my daughter playing on the deck with balloons can be magical when we step back and look at it
Any personal projects we should know about?
As of now there are things just swirling in the brain, I really need to get them on paper…and make things happen.
What other photographers do you look up too?
Steve Stanton | ( I posted this link b/c I love this category of work of his)
What advice would you give to someone just getting into instant photography?
Screw what you think you know and let it be the perfectly imperfect medium it is. Don’t get too caught up in trying to make it perfect. To me there is a magic in letting instant be whatever it may be!
Where do you get your inspiration from? Do you seek it out or wait till it finds you?
I think it is a little bit of both, sometimes I see it out, other times it just randomly hits me at the most random time. I find big inspiration in nature, especially foggy mornings which are really rare here. Something about images like those found on www.freecabinporn.com make me just want to get out and explore more. It brings me back to a feeling of simplicity. It makes me understand that for me it’s the simple things in life, that for me the things that ring true with my soul are not overly complicated, but organic.