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. 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 photographer Prodromos Antzouls. Prod was another photographer we reached out to on Instagram. His work had such a cool and colorful vibe to it, we knew it would be great to share here on Snap It See It. Please take a moment and check out his feeds on social media and show him some love.
• A little about yourself. Where you are from and what you do.
My name is Prodromos Antzoulis, but my friends call me Prod. I was born in Cyprus and raised in Dubai but I class myself more as a Cypriot citizen. I’m currently a student in my last year of University and in my free time I like to do freelance photography wherever I see an opportunity. If I’m not studying or working I usually spend a lot of time exploring and discovering new areas.
How did you get into instant photography?
I have always been a fan of Polaroid cameras since a young age. My parents would show me photos they had taken when they where younger and I was always curious as to how the cameras and film would work together. My first camera was the 600 which was given to me be by A camera collector I had met on my first trip to London (around 7 years ago). Back then seeing as Polaroid had stopped manufacturing film I would go on eBay and try my luck with expired film most of the time. I always had difficulties using it so I had decided to let go of it and focus on digital photography in the mean time. When I moved to London a few years ago I discovered the impossible project through a lot of research and found out that they had started manufacturing film again. It was then I knew instantly that I would become a huge fan of instant photography.
What is your favorite camera used for instant photography?
My favourite camera to use would definitely have to be the SX-70 as you have the chance to play around with not only the depth of the photos but also the lighting which I discovered played the biggest role on the outcome of my photos. Living in a city like London which has such drastic weather conditions really put my skills to the test as anytime I would shoot go out with my camera I would have to learn what the perfect settings where for each day.
What instant camera have you not shot with, but would love to try?
I have yet to own A Spectra or the 450-land camera. I got the chance to check out the 450 at an event I was invited to recently and really enjoyed the fact that it was so simple to use and incredible to shoot portraits with, as the depth you get with it is beautiful. It really focuses on the detail.
What’s your favorite Impossible film or pack film type?
My favourite impossible film pack would be the SX-70. I enjoy the fact that they haven’t only focused on reproducing the plain white frames but also adding colour to them which really takes the photos to another level as I focus on shooting a lot of images with colour in them. Its nice for the frames to match with the photo you take if you’re lucky!
How have you incorporated instant film into your regular workflow?
I have incorporated instant film into my workflow in the sense that I carry my camera with me wherever I go. You never know where your day will take you and it would be a shame to miss out on photo opportunities that are given to you. I have recently also started creating collage work where I combine several photos together as well as creating full body portraits of different people I meet using 2 or 3 photos.
How would you describe your voice or vision with instant photography? (does it differ from your other work?)
In comparison to photos taken with my Digital camera, With instant photography I usually find myself paying a lot more attention to detail as with instant the outcome is very unpredictable so you need to focus a lot more on the few photos you’re taking whereas with digital you can take as many photos as you like. When it comes to my still life photos my main inspiration is minimalism. I try and implement the idea of minimalism with using a lot of negative space or trying to keep my photos as simple as possible. I don’t really like to confuse people; I like to show them exactly what I see.
Any personal projects we should know about?
I’m currently working on creating a collage using around 100 Polaroid’s that I will be showcasing in an exhibition that I have in store for this year. I haven’t decided what the theme will be yet but I think going towards portraits, as I’d like to play around with that section of photography to become more familiar with it.
What advice would you give to someone just getting into instant photography?
My advice to anyone who is new to instant photography would be to experiment as much as you can. Carry your camera with you every where you go and don’t be afraid to shoot anything that inspires you whether its portraits of people you meet for the first time or it’s the coffee shop around the corner. Trial and error is the only way you’ll learn how to perfect it as the film itself is also very temperamental.
Where does your inspiration come from? Do you seek it out or wait till it finds you?
When I first got into instant photography my main inspirations where David Hockney and Andy Warhol. They brought something new to the table that I hadn’t seen other photographers do before. Hockneys’ Polaroid collages made me understand that there is no limit as to how many photos you can use to create something aesthetically beautiful. Nowadays I usually find inspiration by waiting for it to come to me. It could be when I’m on the way to lunch to meet a friend and see something that catches my eye or even see a person on the street with a quirky look who will give me the inspiration to create a piece or a photo-shoot using them.