Artist Spotlight: Kat White

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While going through my copy of Instant Love, I came across this weeks Artist Spotlight in the resource section of the book. As I started looking at various artist websites, one stood out with such a dreamy feel it sucked me in. The photographer was katherine white, and I knew we needed her for the blog.

Katherine is a Sydney based designer. Obsessed with Polaroids and fascinated by clouds. She draws inspiration through her travels, from landscapes, architecture and geometry. Her work is timeless and filled with emotion.

Please check out more of Katherine’s amazing work at the following links.

Website | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | Flickr

How did you get into instant photography?

I received a Polaroid iZone camera as a gift, then a One600 in 2007 for my Birthday, and it just grew from there.

What is your favorite camera used for instant photography?

I actually have two. My 180 and SX-70, both are just remarkable cameras and allow for a lot of manual control. But the SX-70 is an amazing camera and probably my overall favourite. The mechanics, the look, everything is just perfect.

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

I would love to have a go at shooting on a Mamiya. If anyone has one, give me a yell!

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

Definitely the new Impossible Project PX70 Color Protection film. Such glorious tones and a lot more fool proof. TIP have done such an incredible job at getting the film to this point!

How have you incorporated instant film into your regular workflow?

I’m not a professional photographer, so don’t have the pressure of having to incorporate it into my workflow. I have managed to incorporate an image or two in my design work though…

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

I’ve never been good at describing my work. I guess it’s always a little dream like, and often very simplistic. I do try and capture some of the essence and emotion that I feel in these particular moments… I’m a designer by trade, and I do always try and create clean and simplistic designs, so it’s possibly the essence of my creativity.

Any personal projects we should know about?

Yes, actually! I’m in the process of turning my Polaroid images into scarves. If all goes to plan my shop will be stocked in the next couple of months, so stay tuned! I’ve also just self published volume 2 of my book ‘On Release’ available through blurb:  

http://www.blurb.com/b/4391695-on-release-volume-2

What other photographers do you look up too?

Well I have to admit most of them are Polaroid photographers. Dan Ryan, The Gentleman Amateur, the lovely Emilie Lefellic, His & Hers, fellow Australians Amanda Mason and Dan Klaas, and too many more to mention. And I’m fortunate enough to have meet half of them in my travels! Not to mention all of the amazing Polaroid faithful that I’ve met thanks to Flickr and Twitter.

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

Instant photography has it’s own style, so don’t expect it to completely come naturally at first. Experiment shooting different subjects, and get familiar with your camera. You might feel like you’re wasting film at first, but once you find your style it will start flowing…

Joining in flickr discussions, twitter, watching YouTube tutorials, reading camera blogs and asking other instant photographers you admire for tips will always help you get the most from your camera and film. The one thing I’ve found about the instant film community is how good they are at collaborating and sharing ideas. Don’t be afraid to ask!

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

I’m always most inspired when I’m traveling. So I definitely seek it out. Street scapes, buildings, landscapes, seascapes, geometry or light… I’m always looking for something a little magical and out of the ordinary.

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