No. 583

Viewfinder: Matteo Rosso in Burma

Patrick Tobin, | Sep 19, 12:00 PM

Greetings, friends, and welcome back to Viewfinder, our popular series in which we share interesting projects that people are working on using Impossible film. This week’s entry focuses on Italian photographer Matteo Rosso’s trip to Burma…

A year ago I decided to embark on a journey that would take me in a totally different direction from what I’m used to. I mean different landscapes, traditions, cuisine, way of living, people’s attitude…What better place than Burma? It was the best chance to combine my passion for instant photography with a trip to remember. So I stocked up on PX 70 film and I brought two SX-70 cameras with me (occupying a large part of my backpack). Before that moment I used to take very controlled and detailed photos with Impossible films, mostly with models in indoor or studio. So it turned out to be a very attractive challenge.

The mission was difficult if not impossible, for the temperatures at which the films were exposed, but mainly for another factor I would never have considered before leaving. When photographing people, especially children, they expect to receive that magic photo as a gift! For this reason many of the photos I shot remained in Burma, especially the ones I took before deciding to take two photos of the same subject.

I took care of those photos for one year, they remained protected in a drawer and now it’s time to show them, both with collective and personal exhibitions. The very first one will take place in Milan during ISO600 Festival. I hope you’ll enjoy it and that it will push someone to visit those amazing places and learn about the history of a country conducting a long struggle throught great difficulty (with many victims, just think of the massacre of Buddhist monks a few years ago) to escape a harsh military dictatorship.

To see more of Matteo’s photography, please visit his Flickr photostream.

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  1. timothy, I actually did not follow any particular rule. simply because it is impossible to store films in a cold place. i just let them develop in my pockets or in the bag. :)

    said Matteo Rosso | 1456 days ago
  2. see also! :)

    said Matteo Rosso | 1469 days ago
  3. great photos there! i went to burma two winters ago and loved the place, the people and the food as well =] i’m from Singapore and your mention of the temperatures in Burma piqued my interest coz it’s really hot here in sunny Singapore as well. i was wondering if you have any advice on how to provide the polaroids with the best environment to develop in. it would help greatly!

    said Timothy | 1469 days ago