Welcome back to 8 Exposures, our popular instant film Q&A series! This week we’re very happy to present you with Los Angeles video editor and photographer Leandro Fornasir…
And of course, your answers to these questions:
1) What kind of Polaroid camera(s) do you use?
Primarily an SLR 680 with a wonky autofocus, a couple of SX-70 Sonar OneSteps and a Spectra AF. I also use a Auto 100 and 450 from time to time.
2) Why do you like instant photography?
I’ve always loved photography of all flavors, film and instant (digital too). I’m not a heavy shooter in general, so getting my photo right, for me, in a few shots or less tends to happen regardless of camera type analog or digital. I like it right away or I don’t and move on. For me, the instant medium matches how I tend to photograph, but I don’t have to wait till the end of the roll and I don’t need to spend much time in photoshop. Plus, in our very digital world, its nice to have a tactile, unique expression of a particular moment in your hands. It’s a bridge, in a way, between the digital immediacy and analog result. I like the unpredictability of certain films/cameras and letting go of some of the control and how all that can contribute to the final image. Also, there is a challenge to working with instant film that I enjoy, both in terms of cameras and film types. Trying to figure out the strength and weakness between cameras and instant variables like age, sun light and temperature. The image quality and color palettes are very much its own as well. I like that, at times, they can look painterly or modern and yet something vintage right out of an old print ad or invoking distant memories. I find the entire analog/chemistry/development process fascinating and exciting. Since its been a good 12+ years since the last time I was in a wet darkroom and watching a print develop, the instant process always brings back that thrill of seeing an image slowly appear.Read all