Artist Spotlight: Marisa Mouton

Header_Photo(PolaroidOneStepWithImpossiblePX680CP)It’s Monday! That means it’s Artist Spotlight time here on Snap It See It. This week we bring you the work of Marisa Mouton. I came across marisa on Twitter, which then lead me to Instagram and then on to her blog. After looking through her blog I realized that Marisa was very new to instant film. It was great to see the path she was on and how quickly she dove in to experimenting with the film. She is off to a great start and I’m glad we could feature her on the blog. Please be sure to follow along with her journey at the links below.

Website | Twitter | Instagram | Facebook 

 

 

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

I currently live in a suburb, Redmond, WA just across the lake from Seattle. Just before moving to Seattle I completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Texas where most of my family resides. My career background is in public relations and marketing but I’ve have taken a break from working until my son starts elementary school. Taking the break from a typical office work environment has allowed me to spend more time learning instant photography.

 

How did you get into instant photography?

Last autumn I ran across a Polaroid One Step camera and, after doing research on film available, stumbled upon Patrick Tobin’s personal blog. His posts included photos using Impossible Project film and I instantly (pun intended) knew I needed to try out the film. In April 2013 Impossible Project film and I were officially introduced to each other. A couple of months after trying Impossible Project film I wanted to try one of the 200 Polaroid Land Cameras. I purchased a Polaroid 220 and fell in love with the Fuji pack films. Since then, I’ve concentrated on practicing with the Polaroid 220 and now with the 250.

 

What is your favorite camera used for instant photography?

I was recently matched up with a Polaroid 250 by, possibly, the nicest guy in Texas (Troy Bradford). I will forever be grateful that he kindly entrusted me with this beautiful camera.

 

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

The new Fuji Intax Mini 90 looks fun, portable and the Fuji Instax film seems to get beautiful colors. Would love to try it.

 

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

My current favorite is Fuji FP-3000b, but this past summer it was definitely Fuji’s FP-100c film. I’m extremely sad that Fuji has decided to discontinue their 3000b film.

 

How have you incorporated instant film into your regular workflow?

I made the decision this past summer to try and do at least three photos a week. It’s a nice break from the rest of the day’s mundane tasks.

 

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

I tend to photograph what I know, including my environment or those closest to me, as a way of capturing pieces of my everyday life and immortalizing those moments. This past summer I shot many domestic themed photos as it was my current situation staying home with my four year old son. Using instant photography as a vehicle for personal expression has also been wonderful therapy for me.

 

Any personal projects we should know about?

I’m currently concentrating on getting my photography work exhibited within my community. My goal is to show people that instant film, in itself, is a form of artwork.

 

What other photographers do you look up too?

People I’ve met through the film community: Toby Hancock, Sarah Seene, Troy Bradford, Eva Flaskas, Nate Matos, Meredith Wilson and many more. Also Marcelo Yáñez as his visions for photo projects are incredible.

Well-known photography figures that have inspired me include Francesca Woodman, Man Ray and Sally Mann.

 

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

Be. Patient. There will be many misses, but it’s worth it for the hit that will eventually appear.

 

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

I draw inspiration from books, dreams, life and other fellow photographers. My curious self is usually seeking inspiration.

 

Comments

  1. I love your work!

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