We are back on the blog with another Artist Spotlight. If you are new to the blog, this is a feature, where we spotlight photographers and artist that are inspiring others with there instant film work. We try to provide our readers with a new spotlight each week, but we apologize that we have missed a few. Believe us, we have interviews out, but it’s a busy time of year for a lot of people and getting them back can take time. If you would like to be featured or know of someone you would like to see on the blog, drop us a line. We love putting people in the spotlight!
This week, the spotlight is on Texas photographer, Natalie Hereira. We found Natalie through our Instagram feed and loved the images she is posting with instant film. Her Flickr and Tumblr feeds are amazing and full of inspiration. Please take a moment and check out her feeds on social media and show her some love.
• A little about yourself. Where you are from and what you do.
I live in Plainview Texas the name of the town sums it up pretty well. I’ve been working in a hair-salon for three years and I’m so so passionate about the hair industry and of course photography.
How did you get into instant photography?
Film photography has always drawn me in. When I was younger I remember my dad letting me shoot with one of his Polaroid cameras that he’d carry around. I eventually got my hands on a 600 polaroid camera and bought my first pack of polaroid film at Walmart after awhile I couldn’t get easy access to the film at stores and realized it got discontinued so I didn’t pursue it much until I discovered impossible film instantly sparks started up again.
What is your favorite camera used for instant photography?
Always will be my stunning sx70 which I searched every thrift shop for. So compact and black it’s a perfect match for me.
What instant camera have you not shot with, but would love to try?
Right now just looking forward to shoot with a Lomo’instant camera I ordered awhile back.
What’s your favorite Impossible film or pack film type?
Px70 especially the older stuff I love how unpredictable,unique it can be.
How have you incorporated instant film into your regular workflow?
Lately instant film has been a primary procedure for me when it comes to photography. I also try to incorporate my 35mm camera in my atmosphere. I’d love photography to be what I breathe as a job but for now it’s more of a daily personal habit of carrying my camera on the go.
How would you describe your voice or vision with instant photography? (does it differ from your other work?)
It’s kinda like an open/ended journal in the sense that I like to and try to keep most of my subjects turned away from the camera or some part of their face hidden and just let the viewer decipher what they possibly think the person was feeling at that moment by just viewing their body language/surroundings etc.
I don’t normally plan a photo shoot so most of the time it’s just capturing memorable moments.
Any personal projects we should know about?
Maybe one that just revolves on myself but the thought has always just been floating around. Also getting some good shots of double exposures it’s a lot harder than what I thought I always want to get what I envision on the first try but never quite do so that’s always a challenging task that I’m trying to get the hang of.
What other photographers do you look up too?
So so many it’s a never ending list that just keeps growing!
What advice would you give to someone just getting into instant photography?
Its a never ending learning experience especially with the first shots you take don’t let those first instants make you give up! Just know that most of my first impossible film shots were complete heartbreaks it was a tough challenge at the beginning since I had no one to guide me but I was really determined to get it down on my own. I’d suggest doing your research on which ever type of film you use/take note from your mistakes.
Where does your inspiration come from? Do you seek it out or wait till it finds you?
Most of the time it finds me just a spur of the moment kinda of thing which I feel that’s where my best results comes from. Being around nature/people and the things I love as well. Also when I love the outcome of a photo that truly inspires me to just keep shooting more on film.