Hmmm…I’m trying to think of the first instant camera I ever shot on.K it was a Mamiya Universal Press. This was almost 4 years ago. I was assisting Jon Canlas at the time at weddings and he was renovating a space. I happened to know how to do some of that so I was installing shelves and cabinets for him in an office and at the end of it he was like “I bought you this camera dude!” and I was like “SWEET!” I guess it’s history from there. Thanks Jon. The reason I shoot so much of my personal work on it is I think I have a fear of everything being lost. Digital images, even film images scanned just sort of disappear into hard drives and are forgotten. My great great grandfather was a photographer in Holland right after the turn of the century. We have all these old photos kicking around and a couple HUGE old albums that stay with my cousin in Holland. These things are priceless and the only reason we have them today 100 years later is because there were prints made and preserved. I want my photos or at least photos of those I love and my experiences to be around hundreds of years from now.
That is a HARD question. There are just so many. I LOVE the Mamiya RZ pro II because of the focal distance, and that thing is SHARP. And then the square format is awesome too. It’s like Instagram but it will survive an EMP shock wave Haha! My fav camera by far is my Polaroid 195 Land camera. First off it is such a beautiful camera. You walk around in Brooklyn with that and I people are just DROOLING over it. Also it folds down small so it’s fairly easy to throw in a satchel and carry it around with you all day. The last reason I love it is because of the full frame….Oh and because I have closeup filters for it it is quickly becoming my fav portrait camera to use.
Lets see, I’ve never shot the Polaroid 20×24 Land camera. You know the one that Joyce Tenneson shot all those portraits of women with? That one. I want to shoot that one.
Tough to say. I love the Silver Shade but I just bought a pack of the New PX-70 and I’m really liking the results I’m getting. It’s pretty dreamy.
At first when I started shooting instant film I said I was only going to shoot personal work with it. But as many people know once you start shooting it you sort of mostly just want to shoot that. If I could shoot an entire wedding with instant film in various formats I would. Instant film=Fun. Always. So I starting bringing a pack or two to a wedding or engagement shoot. Whenever you feel like things are getting a little slow, or in an engagement shoot you hit that moment where you’re like “what should we do next?……INSTANT FILM!!” I’ve also incorporated it into editorial shoots. Here’s the thing, because I shoot all film right now clients don’t get to see images right away. Sometimes they are a little nervous about that. But you shoot a few instant shots and suddenly all their fears are put to rest and you’re the best photographer in the world in their eyes. It’s great to see the trust that is built because of the ability to hand someone a photograph. Depending on the situation I normally take the pictures home, scan them on my Epson 4990 flatbed then I mail the originals to the client with a thank you card.
I don’t really know how I would describe it. Dreamlike? A little dark sometimes. Fragmented memories? It doesn’t differ from my other work just because it’s still me…shooting., trying to say what I want to say.
I’ve got a few in the works. I shoot a lot of Large Format (4×5) film and I’ve got a project incorporating my Polaroid SX-70 along with the 4×5 shots. Huge shots of various views of NYC that you don’t normally see, juxtaposed with fairly touristy shots shot on the SX-70. I’m pretty excited about it as normally I would consider myself a portrait guy. This is a little out of my comfort zone.
There’s a few old masters that obviously I admire. Peter Lindbergh, Richard Avedon, Joyce Tenneson. As far as photographers now? I love the work of Autumn DeWilde, Justin Tyler Close, Andy Anderson…to name a few.
Ummm…shoot a lot. It’s worth it. Your images will last forever. As far as camera advice, there are so many cheap ways to get into shooting and with film as cheap as it is (fuji film….hopefully one day impossible stuff will drop in price a little) there’s no reason that more photographers shouldn’t be shooting instant film.
What do you do with all your personal instant images?? (because mine are currently in GIANT stacks in various ziplock bags in a drawer. I’m just looking for the perfect album to put them in, but haven’t found one yet.)