| Dec 7, 11:00 AM
Welcome back to 8 Exposures, our ongoing instant film Q&A series! This week, we are happy to bring you California photographer Bria Morrison…
1) What kind of Polaroid camera(s) do you use?
My folding SX-70 is the love of my life and my very first “real” (as in not automatic everything) Polaroid camera. I found her on eBay in early 2009 and she’s still one of my greatest treasures. Since then I have fallen for my Spectra which is perfect for quicker shooting at weddings or other on-the-go occasions. And, not to forget my latest acquisition, my beloved Polaroid 180 Land Camera.
2) Why do you like instant photography?
I really love everything about instant photography but the one thing I love above all others are the images themselves. They’re soft and clear all at once. Painterly. You can blow them up HUGE and they remain some of the most beautiful photographs I’ve ever seen. There is no equivalent in the digital or standard film worlds.
3) What is your earliest memory of instant film?
Even though instant film was in my life for many years before this, the first time I can honestly say I remember what it was like to be photographed on instant film was on Grandparent’s day when I was in elementary school. My grandma, mom and I all posed for a picture & held up this little paper bunny I had made for Easter. They put the photograph in a little card and I just loved that I got to watch it develop right in front of my eyes. I still have that photograph in my memory box.
4) What’s your favorite Impossible film type?
I love them all but the PX 680 Color Protection film really makes me swoon. The new opacification films make shooting with my Polaroid cameras so much easier and it won’t be long before we can watch our photographs develop in our hands once again. Pure magic!
5) What are your favorite subjects to photograph?
I’m a little bit obsessed with photographing cats but in truth, I love to photograph nearly everything in everyday life. I am always on the hunt for a chance to pull out my camera whether I’m strolling around unfamiliar streets in Morocco or stretching my legs in my own neighborhood. Lately I’ve also come to love bringing my Polaroid cameras to various weddings and portrait sessions. My clients always love it when I can hand them a photograph I have just taken, instantly locking that moment in their hearts.
6) Tell us about a project you’re working on.
I’m currently completing a project I started back in February 2012. I spent two weeks in Morocco photographing the sights and details using Polaroid and Impossible Project film. I am currently working on gathering these photographs and a few stories from my adventures into a beautiful keepsake book which I will then make available, along with limited edition prints, in my online shop and gallery shows.
7) Who are your favorite photographers, instant or otherwise?
Some of my current favorites include: Chloe Aftel, Jan Scholz, Jennifer Altman, Penny De Los Santos, Heidi Swanson, & Sally Mann
8) If you could take a photo of anyone or anything what would it be?
I dream of someday being able to photograph a seasonal catalog for Anthropologie or creating a stunning feature for Kinfolk magazine.
I’m a California based wedding, lifestyle, and fine art photographer.
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