This is the fourth edition of our 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 Ouen. Connect with Ouen on Flickr and Tumblr! Are you Interested in doing an Expired Eight Q&A? Email: firstname.lastname@example.org with 10-14 images , and artist statement, and a link to your portfolio!
Tell us about when instant film came into your life and what inspired to you to keep using it?
Oddly enough, I didn't have any link with polaroids in my childhood. My parents never possessed one. I'm part of the generation who grew up with digital photography and after several years, I no longer found enjoyment and I started to aspire to regain some truer idea of the photography. So, in 2008, after a trip in Brazil, I started becoming interested in polaroids. What I obviously liked right away was having a picture instantly. But beyond that, it's to come back to thinking about my photos in terms of framing, light, time, wind, and speed etc.. There are elements digital completely keep hidden from me. Now, I appreciate the fact that I'll say, "Make one photo, a good photo, and that will be unique!".
How would you describe your work?
It's a quite difficult to describe oneself! My work is a mixture of several things. It's personal as impersonal. Sometimes, it tells me in a certain way and sometimes not. My inspirations are simplicity, the present moment, the environment, nature, uniqueness, empty, open spaces, graphic images, sometimes mystical or situations shifted. I try to combine a bit of everything. But all this is spontaneous. This is thought in the moment according to what comes to me from my travels and encounters. I love to give my images a sense with the title, but also another meaning that will make the reader think.
What types of Instant Cameras do you own? Which One is your favorite and why?
Because each cameras was a new experience, I wanted to try them all. And beyond the experience, there was the object and I soon had the virus of collection. I have between ten and twenty cameras: pack 100, 600, SX 70, 4x5, picture, Miniportriat, etc. What I like with the Polaroid, is that it's not required to be a great technician to take pictures. (But it always helps for making very beautiful pictures!). With several years of operation now, I mainly use 3 devices. A SX 70, Obliged! For pack 100 film I use a Polaroid 180. It's always with me. It's easy to transport, technical, but not too technical, and Ideal in all types of weather conditions. For 4x5, I have used my Wista Field 4x5 camera for the last two years. A wood and brass piece of jewelry!
Any tips for those interested in expeimenting withe expired film?
To love them and they will return the favor ;)
Do you have any upcoming exhibitions/publications?
Nothing yet. But I'm thinking about it.
Do you have any instant photographers that inspire you?
There is a lot of names, but I can't name them all without forgetting one. They are on Polanoid, Polaroid Passion, flickr etc.. They all any specificity that inspires me that it is in the portrait, in the naked, the landscape, the "back portrait," travel photography etc..