Photographer: Oleksandr Tymkanych's Series Fantasyland

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Oleksandr Tymkanych is a 24 year old Ukrainian artist who lives and works in the Czech Republic. Oleksandr showed interest in the medium of photography from a quite young age and thus decided to study at the Secondary School of Applied Arts. When he later on went to University he discovered the Polaroid! He was fascinated by this new photographic expression after attending a workshop in Slovakia. He was captured forever! He has experimented with SX70, Spectra, SLR 680 and is currently working with- the starting to become obsolete- Fuji FP-100C film.

“Instant film immediately fascinated me. The magic of instant photography is today a very special feeling for me with a unique work of a material that has specific qualities; slight blurring, not too distinctive colors, and unmistakable qualities of a chemical process that cannot replace anything else. Even though someone may consider these qualities as a particular mistake or disadvantage when working. I try to use them for my own benefit; a seemingly separate process that does not interfere with it and influence it in any way. This is a very wide area for me to experiment with the instant material in the way of lighting itself, influencing the exposure and in various ways of developing photographs.”

His main interest is to work with expired material and be prone to surprises they can offer. He is always trying to find new ways to work with these materials and push the limits of the production to new intriguing ways in order to obtain extraordinary results.

Oleksandr’s series entitled Fantasyland is about a land of imagination, hope and dreams. Times, boundaries, are unknown in this imaginary world and the artist invites us to discover the unique inhabitants of unknown origins and location. Fantasyland is a series of constructed landscapes exhibiting great colour alternation and creating a playful atmosphere between objects and shadows.

The series is created with a Polaroid SX-70 camera and film; made up of 20 images presenting, in this imaginary land of no time or boundaries, a series of imaginary creatures creations of the artist’s imagination. “I use instant film to create emotive abstract still life. The result is two combined series of constructed landscapes and imaginary animals. The series, called Fantasyland, was created within the framework of a university project entitled "Animals". The process of the creation of these images was quite complicated. In order to create individual still life first I had to make backgrounds. I used mostly simple materials which I had around me – paper or cloth and then I started creating special surroundings for each image. I constructed it with natural materials like flowers, wooden pieces, stones etc. The last step was to create creatures that could exist in this surrounding and inhabit it. To create these creations, I most often used different types of wires, latex, and gips. Then they were shaped by hand like small statues. Lighting on these images is the most important thing. I used a variety of light sources, from colour filters, small hand lights, led lights and etc... I decided to use instant film because I want to express that everyone should develop their imagination. With this series I let mine run wild. Each of these photographs should draw the audience into their environment and devour them into the world of imagination. I knew that these properties offer me only a Polaroid SX-70 because it has ISO 125 and I can experiment with longer exposure time.”

Most of Oleksandr’s current projects, whether it is a school project or his own free project, he tries to work with classical materials. Oleksandr is inspired by his everyday experiences, feelings and surroundings, for instance movies and music. He dreams of travelling abroad after his studies.

Even though quiet young, Oleksandr has been published in the book Eighteenth Harvested, a book produced by the department of Advertising Photography at Tomas Bata University in Zlin, Czech Republic in April of 2016. He has participated in the exhibitions at Polagraph Gallery in Prague, Czech Republic as apart of their Material exhibition in July of 2016 and at Slovakia HalmiSpace as a part of their Polaroid exhibition in September 2016. He also been featured online at PolaroidLove.cz and DesignMagazin.cz.

Nowadays, he is focusing on his bachelor work, which will be dedicated to instant photography. But, of course he still works on new smaller projects with instant material such as FujiFilm FP-100C and Polaroid SPECTRA. “I have a great interest on expired films; I hope to present some of these projects in the future. And who knows maybe someday I will be able to use instant film for advertising work!”

You can connect Oleksandr on Instagram! 


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Lina Manousogiannaki is a visual artist based in Brussels, Belgium. She is a passionate Instant photographer and an editor of the Urbanautica online visual platform. Connect with Lina Manousogiannaki on her website and Instagram!


PHOTOGRAPHER: KAY ADAM'S "The Global Warming Series"

Kay Adams is an analog photographer based in Germany, where he works as a psychologist during the day, and as an experimental photographer by night. He has a very long history with photography which began in 2005, when he was just 15. During that time Adams was skating mini-ramps and dislocated his ankle. Instead of hanging up his skateboard and abandoning the community he had grown to love, he found a way to contribute and keep hanging with "the cool kids". He did this through digital photography, shooting his local skate scene in his hometown of Erlangen, Germany.

Soon after Adams started his photography adventure, he met a guy who was shooting his skateboard surroundings with an analog 35mm camera. At first, Adams could not understand why this photographer would go through all this effort and trouble to shoot with outdated technology. The photographer invited Adams into his personal darkroom and they spent four hours developing film. After the development session was completed, Adams quickly realized that the four hours he had spent absorbed in photographs had seemed to only last five minutes. On that day, he instantly feel in love with the world of analog photography.

After Adams graduated high school he had a decision to make. He could pursue photography full time and experiment with different film techniques, or he could locate a career that would offer similar possibilities in the professional realm. Choosing the later, Adams still continued to experiment with photography through the late 2000's as he completed his college course work. In 2014, Adams graduated with a Masters Degree in Psychology with a focus on Criminology and Clinical Psychology, and he no longer had to choose between his career and passions. Through his professional life, he has recently been given the opportunity to combine his passion for photography and the science of Psychology by implementing an analog and digital photography project with patients with substance abuse issues at the clinic where he works. The project was implemented as a strength- based approach to common deficit-based therapy. The aim of program is to build and reactive patients' strengths that might help them to live a life without drug abuse and the crimes that follow. Adams photography program gives participates a new and sober way of looking at the world around them and provides them with the confidence that is obtained as they progress in their own photography skills. 

When Adams is not practicing and infusing photography into his career, he stays busy experimenting with it in his personal life. Though he just began his instant film journey a a little over a year ago, he is already making huge impressions on the community. He recently embarked on creating his Global Warming Series, a series of scientific experiments that took "failed" or "wasted" shots from himself and other photographers, and tested them in small scale greenhouses environments. Adams exposes or injects his images with different solutions of bleach and water and places them out in the sun to "develop" in his miniature greenhouse. This process lets the sun do to his images, what we are slowly doing to our planet. After running his experiments, he found that bleach turns film emulsions a hue of green and water leads to bubbles in the layers of the film. He has since tried different variations of his greenhouse to include materials in different combinations like plastic foil, glass plates, and removing the box from the equation entirely.  He soon discovered that nothing yielded better results than a simple plastic sweets box. 

The images resulting from Adam's experiments with his miniature greenhouse effect leave the viewer to absorb a post apocalyptic spectacle filled with orange atmospheric flames, dead and brown vegetation, and fractures in the foundation of our surroundings. Though at first glance, his images are strangely beautiful in their manipulated destruction, the presented scenes represent the hard contrast of our alluring first world consumption-based lifestyle and the painful reality that our actions are already creating a shockingly terrifying world that we barely recognize. Adams Global Warming Series is a walk down future lane and a stunningly beautiful warning to remain conscious of what we expose to our easily manipulated planet. We congratulate Adams in this creation of a truly extraordinary series that pushes our potential future into the forefront of society's collective mind.

Adams' work has already made appearances in Issue 117 of Schwarzweiss MagazinePhotoKlassik III - 2017 and the latest issue of Square Mag, Issue 802 and has been featured by several on-line platforms, including the Impossible Project Magazine, The Phoblogapher, and Emulsive. He is also set to appear in Optiko Zines' Annual Photography Journal later this year. Adams is also a writer at Analog4You, a German photography outlet aimed at young photographers where they mix artist interviews, photo series, tips, literature, and reviews.  

You can connect with Kay Adams on Instagram, and on his website!


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Michael Behlen is a photography enthusiast from Fresno, CA. He works in finance and spends his free time shooting instant film and seeing live music, usually a combination of the two. He is the founder of PRYME Editions. Connect with Michael Behlen on his Website and on Instagram!