A little about yourself. Where you are from and what you do.
Hi, I’m La Fille Renne, a film photographer & osteologist from France. I work only with film & instant film photography since 4 years.
How did you get into instant photography?
When I was a teenager I found several polaroid cameras on flea markets for 0,5 or 1€. Then, I bought films to test them (at this time, Polaroid films was still available in some shops). I mainly used a Polaroid P during 10 years, and then discovered folding Polaroid cameras.
What is your favorite camera used for instant photography?
My Polaroid 330 Automatic Land Camera is my favorite. It’s a beautiful camera with a lot of possibilities. It’s perfect for double exposures.
I like Polaroid Impulse AF for 600 format (since the death of my Polaroid P) and Polaroid Image 2 for Spectra films.
What instant camera have you not shot with, but would love to try?
A LOT ! I would love to try the iconic Polaroid SX-70, the Polaroid 500SE, the Fuji FP-1 Fotorama, the Polaroid 190 Land Camera, … and large format instant cameras.
What’s your favorite Impossible film or pack film type?
From Impossible, I prefer the 600 color film, or any film with round frame. My favorite pack film is the Fuji FP-100C Silk, but it becomes harder to find some.
How have you incorporated instant film into your regular workflow?
I use instant film times to times on my shootings or travels, but it’s not regular. For me, instant photography is perfect for portrait or nude. I like to show instant pictures at the model during a shooting, it’s like a preview of the session (I shoot models with film cameras, so we can’t see the result immediately). It’s amazing to have an image, a physical image in our hands right away.
How would you describe your voice or vision with instant photography? (does it differ from your other work?)
Instant photography is wonderful to create tiny square dreams. The atmosphere of instant photos always has a dreamlike side.
Any personal projects we should know about?
I don’t have personal projects with instant photography for the moment (but a lot with film photography).
What other photographers do you look up too?
I see amazing instant film photographers every day on internet. Like Annette Pehrsson, Bastian Kalous, Sarah Vantassel, Derek Woods, Amamak Photography, Poulette Magique, …
It’s very inspiring to see all these wonderful works.
What advice would you give to someone just getting into instant photography?
Don’t be discouraged if your first attempt is a mess, you have to tame your instant cameras ;).
Where does your inspiration come from? Do you seek it out or wait till it finds you?
Most of the time, I go to the shooting and I wait to see how the place and the model are. Then the ideas come gradually.