Artist Spotlight: Karma McCartney

It’s Monday, that means it’s time for another Artist Spotlight. If you are new to the blog, this is a  feature, where we spotlight photographers and artist that are inspiring others with there instant film work. We try to provide our readers with a new spotlight each week, so if you would like to be featured or know of someone you would like to see on the blog, drop us a line.  We love putting people in the spotlight!


Today on the blog we feature LA native, musician and photographer, Karma McCartney. Like most of our spotlights lately, we came across Karma on Instagram and loved her use of the designer frames and the subtle tones her images had. Please be sure to check out not only her photography pages, but her Bandcamp page as well.

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How did you get into instant photography? 

I was introduced into the world of photography at a very young age and remember getting my very own DSLR with I was about 12 . My mom always had her camera out and used to snap pictures of her surroundings and still does and my Dad used to always photograph my mom on their trips -I still have a lot of his old polaroids.

What is your favorite camera used for instant photography? 

Well, this is a tough question but I’d have to say my SX-70.  I love the detail of focus. I ,also, really love my peel-apart super shooter land camera probably because it was my first peel-apart type camera and I just love the natural, raw feeling about developing your own photo. 

What instant camera haven’t you shot with, but would love to try?  

Hmmm, haha, I’m not sure I qualify for this question, I may have used every possible instant camera (I may be wrong! :P) but I’d love to try a different peel-apart camera. 

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

It has changed as the Impossible Project has grown and evolved.  I’ve been with them since the beginning and loved their Fade to Black film when it first debuted. It was the first film I ever used where I could watch it develop before my eyes, before it faded to black of course, and could choose when I wanted to develop it. Not only did I get to choose when to develop it but also ended up with a beautiful negative. They have since discontinued this film so I have grown to love the Gold Frame Hard Color Edition. 

How have you incorporated instant film into your regular workflow? 

I’ve tried incorporating my instant photography into my other love music and have shot some pretty awesome fun band photos for various friends bands. 

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

It’s hard to say exactly how it differs because one is visual and the other is auditory. My vision for photography is to capture unique moments which transcend the viewer to an otherworldly place of tranquility. 

Any personal projects we should know about? 

I’m currently working on my next album which will feature polaroid photography for the album cover and unique polaroid photographs within the album booklet.

What other photographers do you look up to? 

Galen Rowell, the wilderness photographer, is pretty awesome.  Also, Ansel Adams which I know might be cliche to say but he’s inspiring and reminds me to get out and be with nature.

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

Photograph what moves you, photograph something impossible, go beyond your limits and see where the moment takes you.

Where does you inspiration come from? Do you seek it out or what until it finds you? 

My main inspiration comes from nature. Perhaps, you could say it “finds” me and I feel compelled to capture moments like fleeting clouds which are always changing, never the same.

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