Hello, Impossible friends, and welcome back to 8 Exposures, our popular instant film Q&A series. This week, we are happy to present you with a special 8 Exposures featuring one of our biggest fans and greatest friends, Joep Gottemaker…
1) What kind of Polaroid camera(s) do you use?
I mainly use my SX-70 original from 1972. I also own packfilm cameras, a Spectra and SLR 680 camera. I use the Spectra 1200 (with LCD screen) a lot too. The SX-70 goes everywhere with me. If it’s to Paris or just a dog walk, the SX-70 is in my pocket.
2) Why do you like instant photography?
I think the main reason is the fact that every Impossible is one of a kind. There is just that special quality to the pictures that no other medium has. Not 35mm or digital, the pictures just have that “magical” color.
And the fact that the pictures are instantly pushed in your hands. The sound of the motor, the picture coming out and the development. The thing with Impossible film is that you can’t predict what the picture will turn out like. With old fashioned Polaroid film, you could see the the picture develop before your eyes.
That’s so special about the Impossible films: you put them in your pocket, wait ten minutes (for color) and than there is the exitement if your picture turned out right.
I just love to go shooting in nature, because there is so much too see. I look through my eyes, and see what could fit for the image area of the SX-70 or Spectra. The trees, lakes and flowers, they are just very special to me. I usually also take my tripod to the fields, to take pictures of us all together as a family, which I love to photograph.
Impossible pictures are Impossible to recreate again, so that’s why I’m shooting them. To have my life documented on Impossible pictures for later.
3) What is your earliest memory of instant film?
Well, that was back in 2006 when I bought my very first Polaroid 600 box type camera in a thriftshop for 2 euro. I asked my dad, how does this work? He didn’t know, so we went to the local photoshop and bought some original Polaroid 600 film. I was hooked when I took my first shot. There was just something special about those pictures.
I stopped shooting back in 2008 when Polaroid decided to discontinue all instant films.
I sold all my Polaroid cameras, and stopped shooting all together. 2 years later, I discovered the SX-70. I found the camera amazingly beautiful, so I bought one. I was obsessed! I bought all the 600 film that was left, and shot beautiful pictures.
My mother and father didn’t own a Polaroid camera back in those days.
4) What’s your favorite Impossible film type?
The PX 680 COOL film for sure! The image quality is outstanding, the image itself is very stable and has very quick development. My second favorite is the PZ 680 COOL film. It is basically the same as PX 680 COOL, but only wider.
I’m a color freak, so I don’t shoot B&W Impossible film at all. The colors of Impossible films go to a much higher level than Polaroid ever did. Even when you shoot PX 680 COOL in rainy weather, the colors will turn out amazing.
5) What are your favorite subjects to photograph?
Well, that’s a very easy question. When I get out of school or work, I step on my bike and go in the wild nature. I photograph what I see that needs to be photographed.
I also love to photograph beautiful women, but I’m a bit shy, so you don’t see a lot of portraits of them.
Beautiful buildings are also a favorite thing for me to shoot: old houses or old cities are amazing to photograph.
6) Tell us about a project you’re working on.
I am going to work on a project: a tour around my country this summer vacation is in the planning. I’d love to shoot a model sometime with a vintage dress, ’60s hair and make up, that’s amazing!
7) Who are your favorite photographers, instant or otherwise?
I only know Flickr photographers, and there are some amazing ones around there! I really like the The Gentleman Amateur, abdukted1456, ten minutes, anniebee, Bradley Laurent and keep counting.
8) If you could take a photo of anyone or anything what would it be?
I would love to photograph the nature and culture of other countries over the world, and take pictures of the architecture of the buildings. And beautiful people of course.
Hi, I am Joep Gottemaker and i’m 18 years old. I live in the Netherlands.
Taking Polaroid/Impossible pictures means the world to me. I can’t picture my world without it.
To see more of Joep’s photography, please visit his Flickr photo stream