Photographer Feature 5questions x 5images: Abby Segura

What made you start shooting film? 

"What made me start shooting film was when I got my first Polaroid as a kid, which was a Polaroid i-zone camera! I “instantly” fell in love capturing tangible memories on instant film. When instant film started to become harder to procure, I made the switch to 35mm film, which made appreciate the art even more."

Who or what are you most inspired by? and why? 

"Generally, looking at other people's work (whether their acclaimed photographers or hobbyists like me) inspires me to shoot. In addition to that, French New Wave films the early photographic work of Stanley Kubrick are so beautiful, I can't help but channel those styles into my own work. Lastly, listening to music that evokes certain feelings inspires me to create a similar feeling with my work. "

How did you educate yourself to take better pictures? 

"Trial and error mostly, haha! But in all seriousness, reading old camera manuals helped, but once you go out in the field you have to put that knowledge to the test. Learning how my camera operates in my hands and getting to know how it will perform in certain situations, along an analytical approach to learning from my mistakes has helped me take better photos. Now, with the advent of Youtube, it's easier to find information on other photographers' processes but it definitely helps to get out there and do it yourself! "

What does photography mean to you? 

"To me, photography is the marriage of both science and art. You can say its's the reaction of light with various chemical emulsions on film, which is transposed  into creative expressions of moments passed. What draws me in is that something so scientific and random can produce art that is anything but."

What’s your dessert island camera?

"I guess if the film was in unlimited supply I would choose a Polaroid SX 70 Sonar as my desert island camera. I wouldn’t have to worry about developing the negatives on an island! Besides, it’s very fun to use and the lenses on these are great at producing dreamy images!"

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