Issue Inspiration: Ben Innocent's Polaroid "When the Lightning Leaves Ringing in My Ears"

This is the fourth edition of our new blog series titled "Issue Inspiration". Our aim is to give instant film artists and readers examples and motivation for our current call-for-artwork. For Issue #5, our focus is on artists utilizing Impossible Project instant film. Today's inspiration comes from Ben Innocent! Remember that the deadline to submit work for Issue #5 is July 15th, 2015. Visit our submissions page for more details! 

"When the Lightning Leaves Ringing in My Ears" - Ben Innocent

Ben Innocent used SX-70 Impossible Film in his Polaroid SX-70 land camera to create this once in a lifetime photograph: "When the Lightning Leaves Ringing in My Ears". Innocent left the shutter open for 25" to capture this beautiful lightning bolt over Boise, Idaho.

Ben Innocent used to live near Brighton, England; now he lives in Boise, Idaho, USA. His geographical transition over the last two years has been accompanied by an artistic paradigm shift that led him to his American wife and his present location. Innocent loves exploring the world. He explains that he can “often be found in some remote area of America with my wife, an SX70, and some trail mix... poised on a high up place.” Working in the airline industry on the ground currently, Innocent hopes to gain momentum and expo-sure for his vision. So far his images have been published in a variety of ‘zines and books, and his work has been shown in New York, Vancouver, Vienna, Boise, and Oxford, England.

To see more of Innocent’s work visit his Flickr at 

Issue Inspiration: Claude Peschel Dutombe's Series Dreams of a Distant Place

This is the second edition of our new blog series titled "Issue Inspiration". Our aim is to give instant film artists and readers examples and motivation for our current call-for-artwork. For Issue #4, our focus is "Combining Instant Images: Diptychs, Triptychs, and Collage". Today's inspiration comes from Claude Peschel Dutombe! Remember that the deadline to submit work for Issue #4 is April 15th, 2015. Visit our submissions page for more details! 

"As a boy growing up in the '70s-'80s behind the iron curtain of the cold war - East Berlin - I would daydream of all the far away and mysterious places people of the Eastern (communist) bloc were not allowed to visit. The longing for discovery was manifested in long hours and days spent with my postcard and coin collections from all corners of the globe, or reading books with stories about places I wished to be able to see with my own eyes. This body of work is an attempt to reconstruct the visuals of my childhood dreams when my mind started wandering, driven by a politically suppressed Wanderlust." - Claude Peschel Dutombe

Today, Claude Peschel Dutombe lives far away from his childhood home in South East Asia. He has lived and worked in the area for the last 15 years. His curiosity for distant places and the willingness to explore [to an extent of leaving home and actually live in those places] has it’s roots in his childhood years. He captures foreign looking scenes and transforms them into dream sequences straight out of a little boys imagination. The photographs in this series vary widely in tonality and subject in order to, "Express the erratic nature of adolescent boyhood dreams in a suppressed environment..."

While each triptych stands by itself as a dream sequence many of them have two "siblings" so that they can be presented as ninetychs representing a more complex dream with relating visuals. His series is an ongoing project that will grow through the artists lifetime. The number of pieces currently stand at 90 triptychs.