No. 720

8 Exposures...with Celina Wyss

Patrick Tobin, | Feb 1, 11:00 AM

Hello and welcome back to 8 Exposures, our ongoing instant film Q&A series! This week, we turn our lens on Celina Wyss

1) What kind of Polaroid camera(s) do you use?

I’m always scouting sales and thrift shops for more but currently I shoot with a few different SX-70s, 3 Spectras and have just started playing with a Colorpack IV. My vintage camera collection extends far beyond those however and my closet is full of various 600 models and more. I’m pretty certain I’m going to need a new system for storing them soon.

2) Why do you like instant photography?

I love that what you see is what you get. There is no digital doctoring after the fact and for me that actually feels freeing. I love the imperfection that comes with instant photography. You are free to let the photo be what it is, flaws and all. Instant photography is truly about being in the moment. You stop, just for a moment and witness the world around you. You notice the temperature, the light, the shadows all in a moments time. You take a breath in and then you click. Then waiting for the shot to develop is the icing on the cake. It’s like magic!

3) What is your earliest memory of instant film?

Looking back I think I missed out on a right of passage with instant photography. My dad was the family photographer and always shot with a 35mm so my earliest memory of a witnessing a real Polaroid shot eject was at the dentist. I was in elementary school and had no cavities (yay!) so I got to have my portraits displayed on the wall of honor a few times. I still have them saved in albums to this day! Later on in high school I spent all 4 years in the dark room but never had a chance to use a Polaroid. I’d like to think I am making up for it now.

4) What’s your favorite Impossible film type?

That is really hard to choose! Some of my favorite shots were taken with PX 680 Cool. PX 70 Color Protection is pretty amazing too!

5) What are your favorite subjects to photograph?

I love to shoot nature and still life mostly. I think it is a double win if I can shoot vintage memorabilia on vintage cameras.

6) Tell us about a project you’re working on.

This is sort of a secret and still very much in the planning process but I’m hoping to start a Kickstarter campaign next spring for a very fun project next summer. I’m not ready to spill the details yet but it involves instant photography and travel.

7) Who are your favorite photographers, instant or otherwise?

Growing up I was always enchanted by anything Ansel Adams. I think he was the true master of photography. Susannah Conway was one of the first people that really got me excited about instant photography. It was seeing her shots that got me started looking for my first SX-70 2 years ago. Mia Moreno was also an early instant favorite for me with her gorgeous self portraits. Thanks to social media I now have an entire community of photographers that inspire me every single day. Truly there are too many to name.

8) If you could take a photo of anyone or anything what would it be?

One of the things on my Life List is to photograph a castle in Ireland. How beautiful would that shot look on Impossible film? I can only imagine for now.

Thank you to Celina for taking part in 8 Exposures! To see more of her photography, you can visit her Flickr photostream. You can also follow her on Twitter at @CelinaWyss.

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