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…
IC MEET SERIES – Q+A with…
LINZE MASON – New York City and Denver, CO. USA
Who are you? What do you do for a crust?
I am a person who honestly is happy most of the time, I try to do my part in the world and think what you put out into the universe paves your way through life.
New York City and Denver, CO. USA
Can you tell us about your creative background?
I grew up in a very crafty household, My mom taught me at a very young age how to basket weave, cross stitch, make jewelry and coloring books were always a huge part of my childhood. My dad is a mountain runner and growing up in Colorado I was always outdoors and surrounded nature, My entire dads side of the family lived in the mountains and played Bluegrass music every weekend. I was always at my happiest being surrounded by the banjo and dancing. I started a love for photography when I was about 13 years old, I simply just loved to scrapbook and I started becoming obsessed in wanting to document everything. I took a few photography classes at 18 after my mom gave me her Canon 35mm camera she used while she was in the Navy. I was lucky enough to find a job at 19 that took me all over the world for 10 years and I found myself packing not only my suitcases but lugging around different types of cameras that led to my love for film today.
What inspires you to shoot film?
I mainly think of it as a hobby and I think you need hobbies in your life to stay happy. This hobby is just one that I can be kept and shared with my children, grand children, and great grandchildren and hopefully be held dear long after this life of mine ends.
How did you come to connect with Indisposable Concept?
I was working in Australia for 3 months and I had packed a couple cameras with me for my trip. While I was taking a picture of the Coke-a-Cola sign in Kings Cross a guy walked up to me and asked if I knew about IC. At that moment I was hooked to have a fun outlet for a hobby I have been doing for years.
Do you remember what was in the first roll of film you shot for IC?
Yes! it was half roll Sydney Australia and half roll Daytona Beach, Florida.
It seems film photography and disposables are making a comeback, why do you think that is?
I think that my generation enjoys the simplicity of creative outlets, disposable cameras are just that!
If someone destroyed all the disposable cameras in the world and you had the very last one, what would you capture?
I would take an entire summer sailing and would capture my time aboard, I would hope my disposable would be waterproof so I could dive in and take pictures of wildlife underneath me.
What does 2016 hold for Linze?
After living on the road for 10 years I want to indulge in having a routine living in New York. I am working on opening my own boutique, focused on having the best body going into my thirties I can possibly achieve and absorbing as much time with my boyfriend I can finally see every morning.
Explain your style/approach when shooting a roll.
I try to think of each picture to be as valuable as gold. I want to be mesmerized by each photo when I get them developed. I usually find myself immediately knowing which moments I want to capture with my disposable over another camera.
How would you describe your photographic style?
I don’t consider myself a photographer, therefore I don’t know if I can pinpoint my photographic style. I shoot moments that feel over shooting moments that I see. I guess if I look through my photos I can find moments I remember melting over a lovers face, intimate drunken nights with friends or a moment in nature I soaked in with all my being.
Who or what influences you creatively?
I am in love with traveling and really feel my soul in it’s calmest state while exploring new places. Being outdoors or exploring a new city with a lover or best friend is the ultimate dream for me. I feel that I am happiest with my photos when I get to combine a new place with a face I love.
Where do you find inspiration? I am obsessed by love and my life motto of Living in Dreams. I find if you really love your life and appreciate everything that you have you find beauty and inspiration everyday. Remembering to use that beauty and inspiration is what keeps me creative.
Fave place to shoot?
My favorite rolls are from road trips, because you get many favorite places in one roll.
5 at 5… (For lack of a better name)
5 photos from history you wish you’d taken?
1. The underwater dance of david and goliath
2. Couple in bed – Nan Goldin
3. Philippe Petit Man on Wire – Jim Moore
4. Madonna hitchhiking – Fabien Baron
5 people you’d like to photograph?
1. Jane Goodall
2. Joaquin Phoenix
3. Bear Grylls
5 books you wish you had written?
1. My Horizontal Life – Chelsea Handler
2.Eat Pray Love – Elizabeth Gilbert
3. 48 Laws of Power – Robert Green
5 people you’d invite around for drinks and dinner?
1. Chelsea Handler
2. David Shimmer (only if he was Ross from Friends)
3. Ellen Degeneres
5 go to songs to get you in the mood?
1. Live in Dreams – Wild Nothing
2. Meet Me In The Woods – Lord Huron
3. Lost In The Dream – The War On Drugs
4. Back Down South – Kings Of Leon
5. Learning To Fly – Tom Petty