No. 510

8 Exposures...with Micaela Go

Patrick Tobin, | Jul 20, 12:00 PM

Welcome back to 8 Exposures, friends. This week in our popular instant film Q&A series, we’re happy to bring you California photographer Micaela Go

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

Recently, I’ve been using an SLR 680 I’ve borrowed from a friend (I’ve gone through 3 already), but I also use my SX-70, ProPack and have picked up a Minolta Instant Pro and hope to use it more often.

2) Why do you like instant photography?

Right before all those little compact digital cameras became so ubiquitous, I picked up my first SLR 680. I loved it because it was instant – I could take a photo and have something tangible in my hands within seconds, then see the actual image within minutes. Now, Impossible Project film adds so many more qualities to instant photography that I love. I’m drawn to the unpredictability of the film, and every image is unique. The novelty of having this one image and it being the only one of its kind is remarkable. There’s also the aspect of how ephemeral the images are; watching each exposure develop and seeing how it continues to change after days, weeks, and months is something I find rather exciting.

3) What is your earliest memory of instant film?

I was probably around 12 years old when I found my dad’s old One Step (with film in it!) and I took it with me everywhere. I took pictures of my friends and family mostly (not much has changed since then).

4) What’s your favorite Impossible film type?

I’m very fickle, so right now I’m all about the PX 680 Color Shade and I love the contrast of the PX 680 Gold Edition. I think my best shots are on PX 600 Silver Shade though, haha.

5) What are your favorite subjects to photograph?

Definitely people. I can’t stop doing portraits. As a wedding photographer, I love to get authentic, natural portraits, which is something I do whenever I photograph people in general.

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

I’ve been wanting to go on more road trips in the coming months, so hopefully I can start a project involving that somehow.

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

Richard Avedon is a huge influence for me. Steven Meisel, Mary Ellen Mark, Diane Arbus. Annie Leibovitz – especially her group portraits, which I find mesmerizing.

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

Willie Nelson. Maybe Beyoncé, but only if she’s not all done up.

About Micaela

I’m from the San Francisco Bay Area, specifically San Jose, California. I’m a freelance photographer – mainly weddings (which I love) – and I also work at Stanford University (I work in a department that does digital archiving of really old books and other cool stuff).

To see more of Micaela’s work, visit You can also follow her on Twitter at @micaela_

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