Meet Graziella Ines

We call it the #ICMEETSERIES and thought it would be interesting to find out a bit more about the people behind the disposables. We asked a few IC contributors to tell us a bit about themselves and this is what we got in return…

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Graziella Ines

Who are you?
Hola! Graziella Ines here. You can call me Grazie or Grace but anything goes.

Where’s home?
Home is here in Bellflower, California. It is a southern suburb of Los Angeles and just blocks away from Long Beach. About 10 miles away from the shore.

What do you do for a crust?
Had to figure out what “crust” meant hehe. Currently a lab scientist during the day to pay the bills but spending most of my time making photographs, thinking of photography and crafting.

Can you tell us about your creative background?
Though my childhood years were mostly centered on academics ( math and sciences), my mom always instilled creativity in us. From all her DIY stuff for our birthdays ( no party stores in those days) to teaching me how to sew clothes for my dolls and how to embroider. This I think influenced my cravings later on to always create something. And with that came the interest for analogue photography.

Best advice you’ve ever been given?
Do the work . Follow your gut.

What do you do with your free time?
Make photographs, spend time with my family and friends, watch my Netflix series, continue with my crochet and embroidery projects and travel.

Tips for making your ideas and dreams come to life…
Go out there and take photos.

What inspires you to shoot film?
The whole process of shooting film, the raw and richness in how film photos look and the long tradition that is attached to it inspires me to continue on shooting film. The ongoing efforts of fellow photographers to save this tradition and the success, though slow, that has been observed in the past few years also drive me to continue on and maybe influence a few individuals to start shooting film.

How did you come to connect with Indisposable Concept?
By way of an article in Lomography.

How did you find the experience of using the disposable camera? Enjoyable or painful?
I loved it!

How did it make you feel not being able to see the photos as they were taken and not being able to edit or know what the photos turned out like?
There’s always that scared feeling that I messed up the film. And especially with disposable cameras because there is not a lot of it you can control. But as a whole, I was more excited than scared. It really is true that it was like receiving a birthday present. You are always excited to see what is inside the box.

Analogue Vs Digital?
Analogue but I take phone photos too using VSCO for my travels and I use a Fuji X20 sometimes for street photography. But yeah, I prefer analogue.

It seems film photography and disposables are making a comeback, why do you think that is?
I think because people are discovering how cool film photography is. Also these days with the internet making everything fast, some people crave for the slower pace of analogue. And some start to appreciate the whole process.

If someone destroyed all the disposable cameras in the world and you had the very last one, what would you capture?
Moments. I don’t know what really but I know it must include the people I love near and far.

What Does 2016 hold for you?
I hope to produce more photographs I can be proud of and accomplish some photography projects (i.e. photo books of my recent travels).

How would you describe your photographic style?
I don’t really know how to describe my style. I just love to search for moments that speak to me.

Who or what influences you creatively?
Art. Nature. The streets. Movies. Photographer friends who keep on shooting day after day. Works of photographers like Henri Cartier-Bresson, Alex Webb, Diane Arbus, Ansel Adams.

Where do you find inspiration?
Everywhere but lately from browsing photography books and photography websites (i.e. Magnum, Lensculture!

What’s the biggest issue facing the world right now?
Lack of acceptance, prejudice.

Worry less about….? Focus more on….?
Worry less about MONEY. Focus more on LOVE.

Fave place to shoot?
The streets of Los Angeles. Also the desert landscapes here in California such as in Death Valley and Joshua Tree National Parks.

5 at 5… (For lack of a better name)

5 photos from history you wish you’d taken…
1. Snake River photo by Ansel Adams
2. All the photos in Martin Parr’s Last Resort

5 people you’d like to photograph?
1. Winona Ryder
2. Michelle Obama
3. Brittany Howard of Alabama Shakes
4. Quentin Tarantino
5. Beck

5 books you wish you’d written?
1. Catcher in the Rye
2. Alice in Wonderland
3. Lord of the Rings
4. The Road
5. Les Miserables

5 people you’d invite around for drinks and dinner?
1, Tina Fey
2. Quentin Tarantino
3. Stephen Colbert
4. Winona Ryder
5. The band Wilco

5 go to songs to get you in the mood?
1. Anything by Alabama Shakes
2. Anything by Wilco
3. Pulaski at Night by Andrew Bird
4. Carey by Joni Mitchell
5. Tiny Dancer by Elton John