Artist Spotlight: Lindsey Garrett

L_Garrett_Spectra001 We are back on the blog with another Artist Spotlight. If you are new to the blog, this is a weekly feature, where we spotlight photographers and artist that are inspiring others with there instant film work.

This week, the spotlight is on California photographer, Lindsey Garrett. We found Lindsey through our Instagram feed and loved the images she is creating with instant film.  Her work is colorful and vibrant, and we love her use of several types of instant for her weekly project . Please check out more of her work at the following links.

Website | Twitter | Instagram | Flickr



• A little about yourself. Where you are from and what you do.

 I am a photographer and blogger based in Southern California. I shoot everything from food to fine art. I work part time as an accountant to support my film habit. I have been married 18 years to a 4th generation Calfornian and together we have two kids, 17 and 8. Neither one of which will sit or be a will prop in my photographs. I find it next to impossible to walk around and not see everything as a potentially great shot.   

How did you get into instant photography?

 I’m one of the people who actually grew up when almost every family had a Polaroid at home or work. I can’t remember how I bought film, I suspect I saved up my allowance. I still can’t get over how good the color is thirty years later.

What is your favorite camera used for instant photography?

 I would have said my Polaroid SLR 680 because nothing beats that dreamy DOF but since its ‘delicate’ and tends to break I’m going with my Polaroid Mio (uses Instax mini film.) There are no surprises, what you see is what you get and the colors are near perfect.

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

Hmmmm, I really have to think here. I have tried them all but I think I’d like another shot at the Pack 180 – I tried it once and DID NOT nail that focus.

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

 My favorite Impossible Film was NIGO, color frames are my jam (do people still say that?)

How have you incorporated instant film into your regular workflow?

With the edition of a new medium format camera, sometimes I will take a test shot using a Polaroid back. I always have one or two instant cameras with me at all times so I can a personal memento from a shoot. I love to leave copies for people, its also a great bartering tool.  

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

 My work has been described as colorful, confident and bold which I think is really an accurate statement about who I am as a person as well, I like that. I am definitely not the soft dreamy type, although I am very quiet and I don’t think that is reflected in my work. I think of myself more as an agent of the universe out there to uncover and share the beauty in the natural world and all that it has to offer. I really do believe you can find beauty in everything, even in the decomposing.

Any personal projects we should know about?

I am currently in Week 41 of a 52 week project on my blog ( called, Life In Session. It’s a personal photo-documenting project that I started in an attempt to a) slow down and b) make myself shoot more and with different types of cameras. Some weeks its just pure rambling and general incoherence but its mine and I totally own my crazy life. I also started doing collages with me instant photos see #instantscraps

Next year my focus will be on making books, its time to get the images off the drive and onto paper.


What other photographers do you look up too?

 I admire the people who support the film movement and incorporate it into their mainstream work like Andrea Jenkins, for her timelessness quality and nod to everything colorful and quirky. Ryan Muirhead, the pack camera master, with his no BS approach to shooting jaw dropping portraits, and Kevin Russ, his work makes me want to go live off grid and shoot full time.

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

 Start with the basic, a clean 600 one step for $20 bucks is perfect. Get an expired pack of Polaroid film as well as an Impossible Project pack. Join “instant film” Flickr groups and share your work, don’t be an image hoarder, get into a good workflow habit early and scan images. Ask for feedback from people who are not your friends, facebook groups can be good for that although I have seen some people get hammered for being honest and usually they are spot on. Good criticism is validating when you’re doing things right and can also get you back on track when you aren’t getting the results you had hoped for. I have always found the Polaroid/Instant shooters community to be very welcoming. And by all means you join ‘Roid Week 2014 part two starts today (10/20)

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

 I definitely am a light chaser. If there’s good light I will find SOMETHING to shoot, there’s beauty in everything even a lonely trash can. I make myself get out there and shoot, as in pack a bag and go somewhere. Otherwise I would settle into to my desk happily with coffee and Instagram.

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