This is the twelfth 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 Braca Nadezdic. Nadezdic is a Belgrade/Serbia based commercial and editorial photographer who is regularly commissioned to work on a variety of fine art, advertising, corporate and editorial projects. Connect with Nadezdic on Behance and Flickr!
Tell us about when instant film came into your life and what inspired to you to keep using it:
Instant film appeared in my childhood, all the more important events of family, school, vacations, everything was immortalized by Polaroid film. I'm always with a great deal of delight watching the birth of photography in this small piece of plastic. Over time, Polaroid was replaced by color film and slowly went into oblivion. Most people never even felt when Polaroid completely disappeared from our lives. I think that is a huge loss for everybody who wants to catch the moment. This was followed by years in which I have dealt with professionally photograph, first on film, and digital. 2010. I felt saturation of digital technology andreturned to analogue technology, among them the Polaroid.
How would you describe your work?
My professional work does not have much in common with the work on analogue technology, which includes portraits. Nowadays requires speed, accuracy where unfortunately analogue photography excluded.
How did you decide what subjects to photograph? What sorts of things capture your attention?
It is enough to attract me some gestures on the face, that face has its own story and that's all.
What types of Instant Cameras do you own? Which one is your favorite and why?
I own Polaroid SX-70, Polaroid 350, Polaroid 180 modified with Xenar 135mm for close ups, Polaroid 195, Speed Graphic with Aero Ektar lens for Polaroid 55 and Sinar P8x10 with few very old lenses for Polaroid 8x10. I Don't have favorite camera, how the mood takes me, so I choose a camera.
What attracted you to the 8x10 polaroid format?
Unfortunately, I found Polaroid 8x10 late, but ceased production of the same. The first time I saw Invivo Polaroid 809 at my friend studio and it was love at first sight. I went to looking around the internet and started full refrigerator. Luckily I already got Calumet processor and the game began.
What are the main difficulties and hurdles obtaining and using expired film in this format?
I do not look at it as a difficulty, but as a fun experiment that can almost always pleasantly surprised me. Sometimes I'd like to have a fresh package of 803s or 809, but I am pleased with the sudden sense that I get.
Any tips for those interested in experimenting?
Always overexpose one stop expired 55 or 8x10 to get right exposure. Older film push two stops with no problem. Colors will be shifted because of aging. Don't afraid to lift emulsion on 809. If you want solarize effects on 55, develop for about 10-15 sec, peel apart and then put negative in front of powerful flash, re-flash, leave the negative for a couple of minutes before putting in the water. You will be surprised.
Do you have any instant photographers that inspire you?
Paolo Roversi and Sarah Moon.