Happy Monday everyone! We hope that everyone had an amazing week and had the chance to shoot a frame or two over the weekend. We are happy to be back on the blog with an Artist Spotlight. This has always been one of our favorite post. We love putting people in the spotlight and showcasing their work. If you would like to be featured on the blog, drop us a line and let us know. Submit@snapitseeit.com is the best way to reach us at let us know you are interested.
Today on the blog we bring you the work of Vincent Gabriel. Vincent is a 33 year old amateur photographer who lives in Strasbourg (France) with his two young boys. We came across Vincent on Instagram and were really drawn to his work. One thing that really impressed us is that he is pretty much exclusive to instant film in his work. Be sure to check out his social media links!
How did you get into instant photography?
I was always interested in photography. I got there thanks to skateboarding that I practice for many years and photography is an essential element of this sport, pictures are very important. I used to do digital photo until I discovered polaroid, by chance, ten years ago. What at first was a simple Entertainment, quickly became a real passion. Since I’ve never stopped.
What is your favorite camera used for instant photography?
My favorite camera is definitely the SX70 : easy to use, does not take much space and a beautiful object. For few time, I use a SLR670m, this camera is really very interesting.
What instant camera have you not shot with, but would love to try?
What a difficult question! I think I’d like to use every instant camera, but I’d be curious to test large formats.
What’s your favorite Impossible film or pack film type?
Until recently my favorite film was SX-70 color, but for a few time I really like the last SX-70 black and white.
How have you incorporated instant film into your regular workflow?
Naturally…I always have one (or more) SX-70 with me. I never leave my house without a camera daily or by journey.
How would you describe your voice or vision with instant photography? (does it differ from your other work?)
Making an instant photography is more thoughtful. Light conditions are very important and can influence the final result and edit aren’t possible, no cheating! But the most important in my opinion is to have the photo in my hands a few seconds after pressing the button. It’s something magical.
Any personal projects we should know about?
Two exhibitions are planned with a collective of polaroid photographers, named « Polalsaco », within Expolaroid in April.
What other photographers do you look up too?
There are so many that it would be impossible to list them all! But I particularly appreciative the collages Maurizio Galimberti, David Hockney and Thomas Zamolo.
What advice would you give to someone just getting into instant photography?
Don’t hesitate, get into ! But it’s not as simple as to use Instagram filter and you have to think a little bit before taking a picture.
Where does your inspiration come from? Do you seek it out or wait till it finds you?
Inspiration is everywhere, at any time and often comes by surprise. Little things can become big inspiration.