Here at Snap It See It, we love to receive submissions that are a bit different from the norm. So, when I received an email from Sarah Kastrau stating that she was shooting underground metal & hardcore bands on a Polaroid 230, I got excited to see the images.
I have toyed with this idea in the past, taking some 3000B and my Universal to a show. Regrettably, I never went through with it. Trying to meter, keeping up with the prints and trying to keep negatives dry were only a few of my reservations. But now, I have no excuse.
Sarah has not only been brave enough to shoot in this environment, she has embraced it. She has also released a book and has several prints available for purchase on her site. You can find out more about Sarah and see more of her shots at the following links.
“I grew up in a time when punk rock was still about being self-made, about handmade black-and-white artworks and analog media, which had a strong influence on the way I imagine music. With the rise of digital cameras came a flood of colourful, perfectly sterile concert photos that I could no longer identify with. It never felt appropriate to depict something that always had a sense of darkness and isolation to me in this way. So in the beginning of 2012, I started taking photos myself, capturing the emotions of a moment, and channeling the noise and screams onto film. The often unpredictable technique of the Polaroid Land Camera 230 allows me to step away from the precision of modern cameras, while the scarce material forces me to truly focus on the subject. Self-publishing my work in the form of zines gives me complete control over the process, while linking back to the DIY spirit from which I’ve drawn so much inspiration.”
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