California Love! Now let me welcome everybody to the wild wild west.. Oh wait, sorry bout that, just my inner 2 Pac coming out. But seriously, welcome back to this weeks Artist Spotlight. Today we feature California native Kristin Genna. When you are done with the images in this post, please check out more of her amazing work at the following links.
Dang this gal is connected!
• A little about yourself. Where you are from and what you do.
I am from San Diego, California. Living in a small beach community with my husband and kitties. I have lived in Southern California most of my life. I work at a local record store and I run a very part time photography business. I’ve been focused mostly on wedding and portrait work but I’d like to start focusing more on personal creative work and not worry too much about the business issues for awhile.
How did you get into instant photography?
I first started taking Polaroids in the early 2000’s. In fact a few of the Polaroids of flowers taken back then are the only images in frames on the walls of my home at this moment.
What is your favorite camera used for instant photography?
Hmmm…. that’s difficult… at this time if I had to choose I’d say the Polaroid 180 but I use my Polaroid 600 more often.
What instant camera have you not shot with, but would love to try?
The Polavision instant movie camera. I just recently learned about it’s existence. It looks pretty amazing.
or any kind of 8×10 camera with instant film would be fun to try.
What’s your favorite Impossible film or pack film type?
I’m really loving Fuji 100C right now with my Polaroid 180. I need to shoot with it way more than I do.
How have you incorporated instant film into your regular workflow?
I used my Polaroid 600 with Impossible PX 600 on an engagement shoot for the first time a few months ago and loved the results. I pretty much always take at least a few instant images with every planned shoot these days.
How would you describe your voice or vision with instant photography? (does it differ from your other work?)
I think it is different. I don’t know if I can describe how though. I think the medium lends itself to a dreaminess so I think I tend to want to create images with an otherworldly quality. I may or may not accomplish that though.
Any personal projects we should know about?
There is a project I have planned, that I’ve had planned since last summer. I don’t know if it will ever happen but I’m excited for it to possibly happen in the near future. It will be focused on feeling out of body.
What other photographers do you look up too?
Many. Anyone who creates with a strong trust in their being and is willing to expose themselves through their work. Sarah Moon is a forever favorite. I did recently discover Eliot Lee Hazel and Benjamin Goss. Their stuff is really great. and for instant work in particular Fernanda Montoro creates very lovely work.
What advice would you give to someone just getting into instant photography?
Try different settings in different lighting conditions (and temperatures with Impossible film), see what works best for the look you want with the film and camera combination you have to work with and enjoy the process.
Where does your inspiration come from? Do you seek it out or wait till it finds you?
It depends on the day. Sometimes noticing the littlest most mundane everyday thing can inspire me. What inspires me one day may not the next. I actively seek it out. When I cannot find it. I surrender and wait for it to find me and sometimes just work through without it.