Q&A: Expired Eight /w Andy Jenkins

This is the third edition of a new Q&A blog series titled "The Expired Eight". Our aim is to highlight instant film photographers using expired film in a variety of formats. Today's Q&A is with Andy Jenkins. Connect with Andy on Flickr and Tumblr!


Tell us about when instant film came into your life and what inspired to you to keep using it:
I’ve always had my hand in some artistic outlet. I get totally stir crazy if I have too many ideas in my head and can’t get out and do something. Several years ago I was doing mainly painting and drawing and delved into screen and press printing. I slowly transitioned back into photography and was using my Holga quite a bit. This was around the time Polaroid pack film was being fazed out. I picked up a Polaroid 440 and started shooting some ID-UV and liked the look. So I switched gears from somewhat time consuming paintings to something I felt had a similar aesthetic in 60 seconds of developing and peeling....plus a car full of 669 fumes is much nicer than acrylic paint.

How would you describe your work?    
I like taking the everyday mundane and seeing what integral or pack film can turn that into. I look at it as appropriation of nature. It’s the same thing anyone can walk by on a daily basis. It’s just what you do with it.

How did you decide what subjects to photograph? What sorts of things capture your attention?
I usually don’t have any preconceived idea of what I’m going to shoot. I like shooting similar areas with varying films and cameras. It’s always interesting what 15 year expired film will produce. It may be the way light hits something or a random shadow. I used to actively search out things to shoot but that almost became too much pressure to get a certain number of shots done and I found they looked forced.

What types of Instant Cameras do you own?  Which One is your favorite and why?
I own several land cameras, SX-70s, Polaroid 690, Graflex with 545i back. Basically I’ve tried/horded most instant cameras. My favorite is my Polaroid 190 with the depth of field and all manual aspect.

What attracted you to Expired Film. Whats your favorite to use?
I really enjoy the look of expired Polaroid 669 and 108. It’s a shade of blue that doesn’t seem to exist in the natural world. It isn’t so much an attraction to the expired aspect, it’s just the fact it’s not available anymore. If someone was producing pack film with an artistic angle in mind I would support it 100%. There are only so many FP-100c negatives I can bleach.

What are the main difficulties and hurdles obtaining and using expired film?
I guess the financial aspect would be the main difficulty. If you want it, there’s a certain auction website that likely has something. I went through a crazed period of hording and luckily came upon some cases of various films that shall remain nameless. Opening a box of Type 59 only to find it completely dried out can be somewhat demoralizing. Also, each pack can have a mind of its own. The speeds can be very unpredictable.

Do you have any upcoming exhibitions/publications?
Nothing to speak of currently, but I’m always working at compiling different photos for future books. I’ve been attempting to work on my portfolio website, but that has been hobby of mine, full time work and family take precedent.

Do you have any instant photographers that inspire you?
There are many people whose work on a daily basis is something I learn from but here are several you should not miss:

Ben Parks: http://benparks.com/
Adam Goldberg: http://www.adamgoldbergphoto.com/
SF Said: http://www.sfsaid.com/2012/12/sf-saids-photography.html
Rommel Pecson http://rommelpecson.com/
Bastian Kalous: http://www.flickr.com/photos/bastiank/ (View his Expired Eight Q&A Here)