No. 298

8 Exposures...with George Weiss III.

Patrick Tobin, | Feb 17, 11:00 AM

Hello, Impossibles! We’re happy to bring you another entry in our ever-popular question and answer series, 8 Exposures. In this episode, the man of the hour is George Weiss III, a photographer based in Philadelphia, specializing in weddings and portraits, with a love for analog photography…

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

A: I have a bunch, I’m a bit of a hoarder, er, I mean collector, but I primarily use a couple SX-70 Sonars, an SLR 680, and I have a 250 for packfilm.

2) Q: Why do you like instant photography?

A: Hmph, where do I start? I think the biggest reason is the fact that it has a life and a soul that can’t be found in any other medium. I love the feeling of anticipation I get when I’ve taken a photo and I’m waiting for it to develop or to peel it. It’s magic.

3) Q: What is your earliest memory of instant film?

A: I have a lot of pictures of myself as a child (probably in the 3-year-old range) that were taken by my grandfather but I don’t actually remember them being taken. When I was a young child in the 80’s, Polaroid photos were so ubiquitous it was hard to avoid them.

4) Q: What’s your favorite Impossible Project film type?

A: That’s tough. I love the new Gold Frame PX 680 but I think there was something really special about the PX 70 First Flush. Some of my favorite photos were taken on that.

5) Q: What are your favorite subjects to photograph?

A: Anything that inspires me :)

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

A: Nothing too serious but I’m trying to come out of my shell and do a little bit more street work.

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

A: I think my favorite famous/historic photographer has to be Henri-Cartier Bresson. Since I do a lot of wedding photography, much of my inspiration is from that world. I really love the work of Ash Imagery, and Jose Villa’s stuff is gorgeous as well.

I have a ton of favorite instant photographers and I’m not going to start naming names because I’m afraid I’ll miss someone and regret it, but you only need to look as far as the Impossible Project Flickr group for a huge amount of inspiration. Mikael Kennedy’s work also really speaks to me.

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

A: That’s a tough one but one of my heroes is Kurt Vonnegut and I’d love to be able to take his portrait.

Special thanks to George for taking part in 8 Exposures! To see more of his photography, please visit his Flickr Photo Stream?? ??and follow him on Twitter at @themadstork

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