Snapshots

The first time I approached instant photography was at the beginning of the 2000 years. Being born in the seventies I had certainly owned a polaroid during my adolescence, like many of my peers, but in truth I had never fully understood the expressive possibilities and consequently I had never contemplated using this type of photographic medium as an expression artistic.

 

At the time I was already developing and printing in black and white from around 10 years, but I was looking for something different, more artistic, that would allow me to create something unique. It was during this research that I came across the books of Kathleen T. Carr on the manipulations and transfers of emulsion and I was inspired to buy my first (and even only hour) land camera sx-70. At the time, Time-zero films were still available, which lent themselves to the manipulations of emulsions that reminded me so much of watercolor painting. For image and emulsion transfers I bought a Vivitar Polaroid, which allowed me to print from a slide on a Polaroid peel-apart film. 

 

The idyll of that period between me and my Polaroids, however, was destined to end when the Polaroid announced the suspension of production of all its films. So I put my sx-70 and my Vivitar in cellophane and I almost forgot about it. But in 2017 the Impossible Project he tried just the impossible, trying to recover the production of instant films, which however had to be produced in a different way from those that preceded them, offering different possibilities regarding the techniques that had fascinated me. But it didn't matter to me at that moment ... the important thing was that I could finally throw away that cellophane!

 

What drives me to continue making instant photography despite the undeniable high costs and intrinsic anachronism of the technique? Well mine is anything but a habit, but rather a way to make vintage photography without using digital filters which the web today is unfortunately saturated with… why pretend a retro look when you can still do real retro photography? Apart from the unmistakable look of the polaroids and fuji instaxes (very different from each other but equally peculiar), I must confess that I have rediscovered a type of emotion that I had forgotten: going to a place, looking around, looking for the perfect angle, stop and think, exercise the right / duty to renounce if the light and the shots are not what you want (and given the non-negligible cost of each single photo), and finally the wait to see the image appear. An image that in my opinion is never entirely the photographer's creation, but is a creation shared with the camera, which adds its imperfections, some distinctive of the model, and others expression of the history of the single camera because it is also the result of its state of maintenance, and last but not least, also the expression of the film, which with its dominants and its contrasts adds what the photographer could only have imagined up to that moment. Instant photography is for me image and matter, a 4-handed photograph, the two of the photographer and the rest of the equipment used.

In this section you will find some images taken with Polaroids, both the historical ones now disused and those of the post-Impossible Project era.

In this section you will find some images taken with Fuji instax of various formats.