No. 535

8 Exposures...with Fernanda Montoro

Patrick Tobin, | Aug 13, 12:00 PM

Welcome back to 8 Exposures, kiddies. This week, our instant film Q&A series focuses on Fernanda Montoro

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

The camera I love and use the most is the Polaroid SX-70. That’s the dream camera for me, the camera that has become the extension of my eyes. I often use a Polaroid 600 SE and Polaroid Spectra too. My little Polaroid camera collection also includes an SLR 680, a Mio, a couple of Miniportraits. And, of course, many SX-70s! I like to have them handy and to play with them from time to time, depending on the mood.

2) Why do you like instant photography?

I like absolutely everything about it!: Being able to watch the past become picture, in front of my eyes. Those whirring mechanical sounds that instant cameras make. Its distinctive painterly qualities, texture, saturation, ‘imperfections’. I even enjoy the limitation of having a limited number of shots! (Makes me respect the medium, compose more carefully, try my best in every frame). Also, thanks to instant photography I started to look at photography in a more serious way.

3) What is your earliest memory of instant film?

Unfortunately, my earliest memory is not from that long ago. There weren’t instant cameras around me when I grew up. I wish I had childhood memories framed in Polaroid! My earliest recollection of instant film is seeing a photo on Flickr that enchanted me. Later I learned that it had been taken with an SX-70 camera and Time Zero film. That photo started it all for me.

4) What’s your favorite Impossible film type?

It’s so hard to pick a favorite! I have fallen in love with every Impossible film type that I have tried! I like to experiment, so trying and learning to use each batch of IP film has been a very rewarding experience. There is something unique about every single one of them. The ones I am using more at the moment are PX 70 Color Shade for color and PZ 600 Silver Shade for B&W. But, again, there is something to love in every pack.

5) What are your favorite subjects to photograph?

Everything! As Henri Cartier-Bresson once famously said: “In photography, the smallest thing can be a great subject. The little human detail can become a leitmotif.” I can’t agree more!

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

I’m now working on Lovearoid, an exhibition we are having with Agustin Ferrando, my life and creative partner, at Art Büro from next month. The exhibit will be based on our ongoing collaborations and it will include both instant photography and video. We will be showing existing pieces, and creating new ones for the exhibit. I’m really excited about it, the process is proving to be very interesting.

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

Andrei Tarkovsky, Paolo Roversi, Guy Bourdin, Wolfgang Tillman, Robert Frank, Osamu Yokonami, Diane Arbus, Walker Evans, Rinko Kawauchi, Man Ray, Cindy Sherman, Paolo Roversi, Cartier-Bresson, William Eggleston, Heinrich Kühn, Patti Smith, to name a few. And of course, I am a huge fan of my instant photographer friends, many of whom I met online, and who inspire me on a daily basis. I wouldn’t like to forget anyone, they know who they are. We have built an amazing community around our passion.

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

I would love to get inside a Hayao Miyazaki animated film and take a photo of anything or anyone there. Capturing Totoro on IP film would be fantastic!:)

About Fernanda

I am a photographer, currently living and working between Montevideo and London. People say I talk fast and smile a lot.

To see more of Fernanda’s photography, visit her Facebook page. You can also follow her on Twitter at @fermontoro

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  1. A lovely 8 exposures accompanied by such great photos.

    said Ben Innocent | 1508 days ago