| Jun 12, 12:00 PM
Welcome back to 8 Exposures, our instant film Q&A series. This week, our featured photographer is Daniel G. Fuster…
1) What kind of Polaroid camera(s) do you use?
A great thing about instant photography is that cameras are usually easy to find and quite affordable. I have to admit to having many of them, but, at the end, I usually stick to an old SX-70 Sonar and a more recent SLR 690 camera. These last weeks I am also using a flashy blue Impulse.
2) Why do you like instant photography?
I like its colours, the texture, the frame, the way it captures light, but the fact that you can see – and touch – the result immediately is to me, the best thing about instant photography. I also enjoy the difficulties that this kind of photography has, in terms of need of light, limited capacity to use lens, etc. as I believe that this brings more simplicity and spontaneity to pictures. I also like the nostalgic feeling that this material often has, not to say the accidental trait that, time to time, does appear.
3) What is your earliest memory of instant film?
My grandmother bought a Polaroid camera in the early eighties, and she used to take pictures of both my sister and me in the summertime. Since then, I have always associated instant film with holidays, family, friends and plenty of sun. Some years later, I was lucky enough to find this camera in an old cabinet, and then my passion towards instant photography immediately began!
4) What’s your favorite Impossible film type?
I have to say that using Impossible film has been like learning a new language, with its difficulties and its joys. I am currently using a lot of the PX 100 Silver Shade UV+ film. I love it, and I think that in brings the best black & white results ever had on integral film.
5) What are your favorite subjects to photograph?
I have to admit that I am fond of subjects that can be considered as being quite boring! I love big buildings, empty streets, old cars, open landscapes, lonely trees, in fact I think that like anything related to loneliness. Ah, and I also love to take pictures of shadows and reflections.
6) Tell us about a project you’re working on
Besides my flickr account and my blog on instant photography, I recently started a new blog in which pictures are always taken through the same window. I feel quite happy with the results, as I believe that it shows how rich, diverse and exciting can be instant film. I recently also tried to mix music and instant photography.
7) Who are your favorite photographers, instant or otherwise?
I like many photographers, such as Joachim Brohm, William Eggleston, Jeff Wall, but I had to choose one, I would definitively pick Bernard Plossu. I love all his work, and more particularly his travelling photography in black & white. I also enjoy a lot following the work of contemporary instant photographers and, in that respect, flickr and polanoid provide a unique opportunity to access to beautiful instant photography.
8) If you could take a photo of anyone or anything what would it be?
I would have loved to take a picture of Buster Keaton, but I guess that I am a little too late for this…More than specific subjects, I have countries to which I would like to bring my camera, like Vietnam, Morocco, Madagascar, Peru, Bolivia and many others. Another subject on which I would like to work is a series of hand portraits.
Daniel G Fuster is from Barcelona, Spain, and he is currently living in Madrid. Analogue enthusiast, he devotes his free time to instant photography and super 8 films.
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