No. 285

8 Exposures...with Jade Sheldon.

Patrick Tobin | Feb 3, 11:00 AM

Hello, Impossibles! Welcome back to 8 Exposures. This week, we spoke with Portland, OR-based photographer, illustrator and MAE student Jade Sheldon

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

A: I have a small collection of Polaroid cameras that my grandparents have given me over the years. They love estate sales and whenever they come across a camera, they can’t resist getting it for me (you won’t catch me complaining). Not all of them are in working order, but they are beautiful to look at nonetheless. The main cameras I use for my instant film photography are my Sun 660 and Fuji Instax 210. I’m looking to add a Polaroid 195 to my modest collection.

2) Q: Why do you like instant photography?

A: I earned my BFA in illustration in 2009. That was four long years of sketches, thumbnails, roughs, color comps, second-guessing, finals, and critiques. Creating an illustration can take hours… days… even months. There is so much planning and so much preparation that goes into it. When I discovered instant film, I felt so free. With instant film, I could create a piece of original art in seconds. I could uncover beauty in a scene that would otherwise be overlooked. I love the fact that you never know exactly what is going to appear on that piece of film. All of its quirks and imperfections make it that much more personal and lovely.

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

A: In high school, I was looking through my mom’s piles of old photographs and came across a collection of polaroids of my family at various birthdays and holidays. My dad, sporting his long hair and sideburns and wearing his leather jacket and my mom, with her huge, permed hair and neon colored frocks. I remember thinking how beautiful it was that they had these happy little moments captured on film that they might have otherwise forgotten about. I knew I wanted to be able to capture moments of my life like that too.

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

A: I have recently fallen madly in love with PX 600 Silver Shade UV+. Completely, madly, deeply.

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

A: I don’t have a complicated answer to this question, I just simply love photographing my life: myself, my fiancé, people I meet, tree-lined trails I walk, an especially delicious breakfast I eat, an abandoned coffee cup I stumble across in a cafe. I look forward to the day when I’m a wrinkly old lady, muttering on about my youth to my grandchildren and showing them what life was like back in my day through my collection of photographs.

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

A: One project that I’m really excited about is a portrait series I’m starting. I will be interviewing and photographing artists (photographers, illustrators, painters, musicians) living and working in the Pacific Northwest.

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

A: Wow, this is an extremely loaded question because, honestly, there is so much talent out there that I admire, appreciate and look up to. A list of photographers whose blogs inspire me daily include Jamie Beck, Parker Fitzgerald, Sean Flanigan, Alica Gao, Nikole Herriott, Sarah Jane, Kim Miller, Sara Lynn Paige, Chris & Sarah Roads and Lisa Warninger.

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

A: A few weeks ago I stumbled across Austin Gros’ photographs of the Austrian Alps and I have made it my mission to get there with my instant film camera(s) in tow.

Special thanks to Jade for taking part in 8 Exposures! To see more of her photography, please visit her Flickr Photo Stream and her Tumblr, Instant Haven

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