Artist Spotlight: Sean Rohde


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 Chicago based photographer Sean Rohde. We came across Sean during ‘RoidWeek 2014 and were immediately drawn to his use of expired Polaroid film and to the wide range of subjects he covered.  To see more of Sean’s work, please visit the following links.

Website | Twitter | Instagram | Flickr

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

 I am currently an RN in Chicago. I lived in Phoenix for 15 years so lots of desert shots in my collection. Indiana before that, nothing too exciting.

How did you get into instant photography?

 Started shooting with toy cameras in 2003 and through a friend became interested in instant. Started with a Square Shooter that I modified with a Colorpack III front so I could shoot color and BW with one camera. Did mostly Type 80s until I got a 195.

What is your favorite camera used for instant photography?

 The 190. 

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

 I modified a Gomz Moment to pack film a few years ago. I would love to get ahold of a Russian Photon to convert.

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

 I don’t use much IP film at this point because I have plenty of pack film. I love ID-UV and 664. I love most any kind if it works. They are all special in different ways.

How have you incorporated instant film into your regular workflow?

 I pretty much shoot 80% instant. I recently shot about 12 rolls of slide film to use with a Daylab, so even more instant film! If it’s not Polaroid, it’s 120 film, self developed color and BW.

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

 I’m a wander and shoot what I see kind of photographer. So most of my shots are similar in subject, though they differ in style depending on film type. Though I’ve been told I have a recognizable style throughout. I’m not sure I can put words to it…I like the photos to say it for me. People get what they get out of them, that works for me.

Any personal projects we should know about?

 Nope, I just shoot a lot. Though I spend a lot of time in Gary, IN.

What other photographers do you look up too?

I like Eggleston and Shore of course. I like early Robert Adams, particularly his Los Angeles work.

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

Be prepared to spend some money. Learn from experience. Try to keep the instant shots pure…rely on the film and camera and your eye, not post-processing on computer. Celebrate its inherent messiness.

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

I seek it out. I don’t think too much about it unless I’m sitting at home and have an idea that I want to try out.

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