Welcome back to another Artist Spotlight. This week we bring you Kim Oberski from Plymouth, MI. We came across Kim on Flickr and were immediately blown away by her work. To say that Kim is diverse in her shooting is an understatement. She shoots pack film and integral film, and she shots it on everything from Sx-70’s and 110 Land Cameras to Crown Graphics and a Mamiya RB67 with a CB70 back. Am I the only one a little jealous over here? Please check out more of her work at the following links:
(1) How did you get into instant photography?
I started shooting instant film mostly because I was seeing wedding photographers on Flickr using Polaroid film in engagement photos. Curious as to how I could incorporate the concept to my family clients, I bought a Polaroid Once step Camera. Polaroid had just stop making film I wasn’t happy with my results so my camera sat for a while. I continued to look through instant film photos on Flickr and fell in love with the look. In the 2009/2010 I discovered The Impossible Project was making experimental film, bought an SX70, and have been hooked ever since.
(2) What is your favorite camera used for instant photography?
My favorite is a Polaroid SX70 original. The compact size makes portability realistic. Also, the SLR feature of the camera allows for more creative imagery.
(3) What instant camera have you not shot with, but would love to try?
I would love to try shooting with an 8×10 camera and the Impossible Project 8×10 film.
(4) What’s your favorite Impossible film or pack film type?
I love them all for various reasons but find myself using PX70 film most often.
(5) How have you incorporated instant film into your regular workflow?
At the moment, I don’t really have a specific workflow. I stopped shooting clients to focus more on my personal voice within photography. Now, I am mainly an instant film photographer trying to figure out how to get clients to be incorporated into my workflow.
(6) How would you describe your voice or vision with instant photography? (does it differ from your other work?)
Regardless of the format, I try to capture a sense of realism in my images. I have never been one to spend countless hours trying to touch up photos in Photoshop or manipulate an image to represent something mystical. My images are how they are as they are.
(7) Any personal projects we should know about?
This past summer, I started a personal project called “The Seeker.” It’s an ongoing project with my daughter I hope to continue for many years. The images embody an emotion or metaphor floating around my mind.
(8) What other photographers do you look up too?
Love Sally Mann for her honesty in photos, Ian Ruther’s Wet plate series is stunning, and Alain Laboile because he creates dream like images yet his family images are so tangible. Those are just a few who inspire me to follow my own photography voice.
I am honestly more inspired by individual images than by specific photographers. The first time I realized who Sally Mann was when I had seen one of her photos at the NYC MOMA; the image haunted my memories. It wasn’t until someone on FB posted the image as an inspiration for them that I realized the photographer who took it was Sally Mann.
(9) What advice would you give to someone just getting into instant photography?
I would say… BE PATIENT; It takes time to learn the different films and how each camera exposes and focuses. BE PATIENT; wait for the scene to develop before snapping the shot. BE PATIENT; in composing the shot. It’s not digital, every shot cost money. Unless you have more money than you know what to do with think of every image as an investment. Lastly, BE PATIENT; enjoy the process of capturing an image.
(10) Where does most of your inspiration come from? Do you seek it out or wait till it finds you?
Inspirations and creativity is something I let happen on it’s own. Most of the time, what I feel is my best work comes from the times in my life I feel down/melancholy. For me, it’s a time of soul searching and the time I view the world via metaphors. The world becomes a place where what you see isn’t really how everyone else sees it, I try to create double meaning in my images and let the viewer decide what to see.