No. 483

8 Exposures...with Kelly Knaga

Patrick Tobin, | Jun 29, 12:00 PM

Hello, friends, and welcome back to 8 Exposures, our popular instant film Q&A series. This week, we’re happy to bring you a Midwest girl, Kelly Knaga

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

I’ve collected a number of cameras mostly through garage sales, Goodwill stores and eBay, but I tend to use the same 4 over and over: my SX-70, my refurbished 340 Land Camera, a Spectra I got from a retired cop and my very first 600 that my grandmother gave me one summer when I was about 10.

2) Why do you like instant photography?

I love the moment just before, the one where I hold my breath, waiting for the film to develop. I love the imperfections and inconsistencies of instant film, which seems relevant to the constant fluctuations and vulnerabilities that occur in life. Experimental films, expired films, a scratched camera lens or vintage, barely working, taped together cameras all invite moments of exploration of space, color, time or the material composition of the film itself.

3) What is your earliest memory of instant film?

Someone taking a picture of my grandfather holding me on his lap while he is sitting on his tractor. I still have the photo.

4) What’s your favorite Impossible film type?

I love experimenting with them all. I think my favorite right now are the Spectra Cool films. My sincerest thanks to Impossible for helping keep instant film alive.

5) What are your favorite subjects to photograph?

I have always been drawn to natural landscapes and the small, incredible, every day moments we often dismiss or take for granted.

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

I’m currently working on a long-term project about the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. I’m also documenting the urban farm I’m building with my friend. But my life-long goal is to hike and photograph all of the U.S. National Parks.

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

I tend to gravitate toward landscape photographers. But I also have a great interest in portrait and food photographers as well.

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

Iceland. Definitely Iceland. It just looks like a magical place, doesn’t it?

About Kelly

Kelly is a designer, teacher, farmer, photographer and is always up for a great adventure.

To see more of Kelly’s work, please visit her Flickr photostream. You can also follow her on Twitter at @amidwestgirl.

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