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…
I now live in a happy home located in the peach state.
Can you tell us about your creative background?
As a child, my mom took a photo of me every chance she got. Whether I was on vacation, or simply running around the house in my undies, it was captured. I resented it all back then, but seeing all of the photographs now, I have grown to appreciate it immensely. I picked up my first camera (a bright blue Fujifilm FinePix Z70) at the age of 11 and never looked back. Ironically enough, for the first year, I only enjoyed shooting in black and white. Years later, I am the only Advanced Placement Photography student in a school which houses roughly 2,400 students.
What inspires you to shoot film?
I have never been the type that has been completely head over heels with the technical aspect of photographs. I like to arrange, shoot, and then edit. But never have I been enthralled with the idea of one: having to buy large amounts of EXPENSIVE equipment and two: having to spend time setting it all up. I love my disposables because they come with the loveable ease of simply pointing and shooting. There is no hassle. I also enjoy shooting with all four of my film cameras but especially my Canon AE-1.
How did you come to connect with Indisposable Concept?
I can’t say I remember that one too well. I must have seen a few posts somewhere on the world wide web.
Do you remember what was in the first roll of film you shot for IC?
Yes! I shot photos at the beach with a Kodak Waterproof. Per usual, I was trying hard to juggle multiple cameras at once.
What is your fav photo that you’ve shot for IC? Tell us a bit about it.
This one. New Mexico is one of my favorite places in the world. I try to chase every film photograph with a digital copy, just incase things go terribly wrong with the developing. I love comparing the digital copy with the film version.
It seems film photography and disposables are making a comeback, why do you think that is?
Things come and go. I think film season is back in session because photographers are sick of the constant worry the digital age has bestowed upon us. We are tired of the batteries dying, the stress expensive equipment radiates and the constant go-go-go the 21st century brings.
If someone destroyed all the disposable cameras in the world and you had the very last one, what would you capture?
Wow!! What an insane scenario. I would definitely be selective with what I picked to shoot. I would 100% start another series.. Maybe the tops of dressers belonging to the people I love or a series picturing every dog I’ve ever loved, the list goes on and on.
What does 2016 hold for you?
2016 is very special to me, it’s the year I start the path I desperately hope won’t lead me astray and the year of a new identity. I’m thrilled to see what’s in store. After all, it is only February..
Explain your style/approach when shooting a roll.
I’m all about color, texture, strong foreground emphasis and NEGATIVE SPACE. I tend to photograph the little bits of things we, as humans, tend to overlook.
How would you describe your photographic style?
I’m a very clean photographer. Since I plan to go into commercial photography, I like neat, organized photographs with a twist (especially in a studio or with the help of the light table.) I love, love, love to photo arrange and I love to incorporate thought, style and funk into everything I do.
Who or what influences you creatively?
I am very driven when it comes to photography. I carry around my sketchbook most everywhere I go. And when it’s not with me, I use my hand and a sharpie. I love to observe people and I think, good or bad, their interactions inspire me.
Where do you find inspiration? Throughout my coming of age, I have bookmarked many tabs, folded many ends of book pages, taped far too many things on my walls, pinned many pins on Pinterest, scribbled on sticky notes to later transfer those thoughts into my notebook, and placed pins on many maps. My inspiration bookmark folder includes 68 links, and inside of that folder, one would find 146 artists I have fallen in love with time and time again. From the great Alfred Stieglitz to my sweet puppy laying in the sun on a Sunday, my inspiration is found in a wide variety of things. I could not possibly list ALL that has given my journey and myself a spark. Although, if I were to try to name a few, the following would make the list with certainty: my most-loved actresses, Kristen Stewart and Brie Larson; my favored artists such as Emily Blincoe, Vivian Maier, Mike Mills, Brian Rea and Keith Haring; my family and closest friends; great literature; fall breezes and the places I’ve gone and plan to go to. Inspiration can be found in anything if a person looks hard enough to find it. At times, my inspiration builds off of things most humans tend to overlook. It’s the little things in life, as they say. Not everyone sees things with the same set of eyes; therefore no one interprets everything in the same way.
Fave place to shoot?
I love shooting in the studio because you can transform it into anything you want. It just takes a couple 4am brainstorms and a dedicated mind. PS – I love shooting out West.
5 at 5… (For lack of a better name)
5 photos from history you wish you’d taken?
1. One of the first pictures ever taken of the moon by Dr. J. W. Draper of New York
2. The last photographs taken of Anne Frank
3. The Famous Kiss
4. Afghan Girl
5. Any of Vivian Maier’s
5 people you’d like to photograph?
1. Brie Larson
2. Kristen Stewart (and the whole Twilight Saga Cast)
3. Joseph Gordon-Levitt
4. My alter-ago
5. Miranda July
5 books you wish you had written?
1. Anne Frank
2. The Twilight Saga
3. I Wrote This For You
4. Chasers of the Light
5. A book in the Bible
5 people you’d invite around for drinks and dinner?
1. Brie Larson
2. Kristen Stewart
3. Matt Berninger
4. Brian Rea
5. Miranda July
5 go to songs to get you in the mood?
1. Possibility – lykke li
2. Landfill – Daughter
3. Good Morning
4. Hypocrite by Electric President
5. Third Planet – Modest Mouse
6. About today – The National