| Sep 24, 11:00 AM
Hi there, friends. Welcome back to 8 Exposures, our popular instant film Q&A series. This week, we’re happy to bring you creative wizard and all-arounnd nice guy Patrick Winfield…
1) What kind of Polaroid camera(s) do you use?
2) Why do you like instant photography?
The “Thing-ness” of it. That the photo is a direct object of a memory – a tangible memory that can be held immediately and further manipulated as it develops or ‘lives on‘… that quality of being an instant artifact which can be further manipulated to play up the materiality of the medium is what attracts me to the film.
3) What is your earliest memory of instant film?
It was a picture of a dead man. Then the film was sucked back into the camera and the whole time I took pictures of things with my polaroid and tattooed myself to help figure out what happened in my life since I had some sort of amnesia…or was that the plot of Memento?
4) What’s your favorite Impossible film type?
5) What are your favorite subjects to photograph?
My muse, the lovely Laura. I also have a fondness for shadows of objects, clouds, animals and anything in motion.
6) Tell us about a project you’re working on.
I am working on a series of composites called The Subway Series. Armed with a Macro 5 SLR camera and as much PZ 680 film as I could carry, I traveled far and wide through the New York City subway system photographing billboards and adverts from Manhattan to Brooklyn and created new, unique portraits using bits and pieces from all of them. I have been stopped in action by several cops, MTA employees and straphangers as well, all wondering what I am doing with this crazy camera…the Macro 5 demands attention.
7) Who are your favorite photographers, instant or otherwise?
Sally Man, Lucas Samras and David Hockney. And every photographer I have seen on this blog and various sites…amazing talent.
8) If you could take a photo of anyone or anything what would it be?
It would most definitely be a 20×24 piece composite of my muse, using the 20×24 camera/film…when you guys make it, that is.
I am from Brooklyn, New York. I do a lot of things… I am a graphic designer by profession and when I’m not pushing pixels on the screen I am documenting all the bags in trees we leave behind http://bagsintrees.tumblr.com/ & photographing your dogs and pets http://dogsarecoolpeople.tumblr.com/ . I recently discovered the pleasure that is Seltzer water and have 2 bonsai trees.
To see more of Patrick’s work, please visit his Facebook page.
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