No. 349

8 Exposures...with Maritza de la Vega

Patrick Tobin | Mar 30, 12:00 PM

Hello, instanteers! Welcome back to 8 Exposures, our instant film Q & A series. This entry focuses on New York-based Maritza de la Vega

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

Primarily I use an SX-70 Alpha, and an SLR 680 SE for integral film and a 440 for pack film. I recently acquired a Keystone 60 Second Everflash (a non-Polaroid pack film camera) that I really like to use and that is slowly replacing my 440. I have a few other Polaroid cameras but I don’t really use them very often.

2) Why do you like instant photography?

I like that it is instant, of course, but also that it’s tangible. It’s great to hold an image in my hand and admire it without the aid of a brightly lit screen!

3) What is your earliest memory of instant film?

I don’t have specific early memories of instant film, but I do feel that it was a constant part of my world especially from the late seventies through the mid-nineties. I did acquire a one-step 600 in the nineties, but not sure how. I have a very few polaroids from that time period. Then in 2009, just as Polaroid was discontinuing 600 film, my father-in-law decided to clean out his attic. He found his old SX-70 and an automatic 320, along with a few other film cameras, and gave them to me. Thus, my Polaroid adventure truly began.

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

I love color so PX 680 is my favorite. I also like the new PX 70, especially indoors, and I really enjoyed using the PZ 600 UV+ when my Spectra was still in working condition.

5) What are your favorite subjects to photograph?

Woodlands, bodies of water, my home and sometimes my kids. Mostly, I just photograph ordinary, everyday places and things that for some reason move me to take up my camera and use it.

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

I am not a planner, so I don’t really work on projects, but in selecting photographs for this post, I realized that I have made hundreds of photographs of the preserved natural places in my area. I live in a county with many local and state parks filled with lakes and trees. I hike regularly and always have a camera with me.

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

I enjoy the work of William Eggleston, Joel Meyerowitz, and Stephen Shore, to name just a few. In terms of instant film, I do admire the polaroids of Walker Evans and the thousand polaroids of Philip-Lorca diCorcia. I also follow the works of many, many inspired instant photographers on flickr and polanoid.

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

There’s nothing specifically that I would like to photograph. I just walk around waiting for something to move me, to stop me in my tracks.

About Maritza

“I was born in Cuba, raised on the mean streets of NYC and currently reside in a small hamlet in Rockland County, NY with my family. I have the good fortune of working at a small law firm just two miles from home. When I am not working, driving my kids around or photographing my world, I read a lot, knit and sew on occasion and grow vegetables in the warmer months. I also volunteer at a local community garden that helps feed those in need. I don’t sleep much.”

Thanks to Maritza for taking part in 8 Exposures! To see more of her photography, please visit

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