Name: Ana Iugulescu
Cameras: Polaroid Supercolor 635 CL & Polaroid OneStep Land Camera
Film: Polaroid 600
Tell us a little (or a lot) about yourself: who are you, where do you live, what inspires you, what made you turn to instant photography and what is your background?
I am a graphic designer living and loving in London, embracing all things visual. The road to design & photography started in my childhood when I would sit hours drawing pictures of myself and my family. In high school I discovered photography and started scouting out locations with friends, and university brought with it the technical skill of mastering software and editing my own photos. Eventually settling into a design role, my love for photography and illustration carried over into my professional life. From the plethora of cameras I’ve owned I’ve always felt closest to my film and Polaroid ones; there is something about the irreversibility of committing an image to film that makes you consider the subject and the composition very carefully. Polaroid is instant gratification on film. But the limited number of papers means I have to plan my shots very carefully, which I prefer, because it brings me closer to the artisanal nature of photography.
Something nice about the place where you live?
London is a fascinating metropolis. There’s always something happening and it’s constantly being roamed by an enthralling cornucopia of people; it’s a great place to people-watch and keep your eyes peeled for interesting subjects. There is beauty everywhere.
A memory you wish you could have imprinted on film but didn’t?
I’ve always preferred the beauty of mediocre contexts to that of “special moments”; there is always something special about the mundane, the everyday, the unnoticeable. The pleasure of holding dear a moment that nobody else treasures, it’s a bit like liking a very obscure band – they sing just for you. There’s this phenomenon that we have all experienced at some point or another that has the tendency to manifest in the most regular of circumstances: the dèja-vu. It only last for a fleeting moment, bringing with itself the familiarity of having already experienced that exact chain of events before. So to return to your question, I wish I had captured a dèja-vu on film.
Recommend us a site/social link you dig that we should know about. (or an album, a track, a store, a special camera, a film, a motion picture etc)
Joan Cornellà is a Spanish illustrator whose inner workings of the mind absolutely blow me away. He specialises in comic-book style short, twisted stories, that usually end in a very sick way. There is definitely darkness in his manner, but he has an utterly unique way of looking at the world. People of the world, celebrate the weird and wonderful Joan Cornellà!
Say I give you an instant camera with only one paper left inside. It’s the last instant camera in the world. What would you shoot and why?
This is always a tough call. If I had to shoot it, I would definitely choose a natural subject over a staged one, and preferably something that celebrates the beauty of people and nature. Narrowing it down, I suppose a festival would be the perfect moment to capture on the last instant film on earth – people, nature, music, together, forever immortalised on the world’s last polaroid paper.