Artist Spotlight: Worth Goddard

img954 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 Wisconsin based photographer Worth Goddard. We have featured some of Worth’s work in our Featured Friday post and he is very active in the Snap It See It Flickr pool. Every time I see a new post from him, I want to hoard up all the expired Polaroid film I can. To see more of Worth’s work, please visit the following links.

Twitter | Flickr | Website




How did you get into instant photography?

A few years ago I was searching the web, trying to decide what kind of camera to buy, when I discovered the photos that other people were taking with expired polaroid film, and I was really blown away by what I was seeing.  I had previously trying to edit my digital photos to get a “vintage look”, so what better way than to actually get an authentic vintage camera and use that instead of trying to duplicate it with digital.  So I got my first sx-70 from ebay, and the rest is history.

What is your favorite camera used for instant photography?

I would have to say the original sx-70 is probably my favorite.  Not only was it an amazing technological achievement, and a beautiful object in and of itself, but it’s capable of producing really amazing photos.  I also really enjoy the process of shooting pack film with my Graflex Crown Graphic, but that one is so big that I don’t use it as much as I would like to.

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

I would love to try out all of them that I haven’t used yet, but to name one, I would say the model 195 Land Camera.

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

I’ve found something to love about all the Impossible films I’ve tried since the beginning, but I would say my favorite to use are the sx-70 color films. 

How have you incorporated instant film into your regular workflow?

Well, I would say that instant film basically is my regular workflow, when it comes to photography.  I use 35mm and other film also, but most of what I do is instant.

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

Hmm, well mostly I try to let my work speak for itself.  But I guess I would have to say that generally I’m trying to capture a certain feeling or mood, and I’ve found that instant film really helps me to translate those intangible things into a physical object that can be revisited later or shared with other people.

Any personal projects we should know about?

For the last year or so, my project/goal has been to just keep on shooting regularly, enough so that I am able to share approximately one photo per day.  I am planning on doing some traveling this winter which will mean lots of photo opportunities.  And I have a couple ideas floating around in my head for photo books I would like to make.

What other photographers do you look up to?

I guess I would just have to say I look up to any photographer who creates something inspiring.  I am constantly discovering more and more photographers whose work I admire and makes me want to keep creating.

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

Mostly, don’t give up.  There is a lot of trial and error involved when you start doing pretty much anything. Also, don’t be afraid to ask others, the community of instant film photographers is generally amazingly helpful and supportive.

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

I really like this quote by Ansel Adams-“You don’t make a photograph just with a camera. You bring to the act of photography all the pictures you have seen, the books you have read, the music you have heard, the people you have loved.” 

I feel like I am inspired by so many people and things, both consciously and subconsciously.  Above all, though, I think what inspires me the most is nature, the creation that I see around me, keeping a sense of wonder and curiosity about all of it, and constantly wanting to learn more.


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