“For me, instant photography is a synonym of emotion and sensation”
25 year old French photographer Sarah Seené got in touch with me recently to introduce me to her surrealist polaroid photos. Aren’t they wonderful? She agreed to answer some questions about her work :)
How long have you been taking photos?
My parents are photographers and I loved to watch their pictures when I was younger. When I was 17, I began to learn argentic photography. It was fantastic to see faces, bodies that appeared on the photographic paper. I’ve used mostly Instant film for the last year. I made videos too, and I made a documentary about a French plastician, but every week I shot, and shot again polaroids.
When I was a child, I used the polaroid camera 636 Close up that my aunt gave me to photograph my grandmother’s animals. I was fascinated by this instant photography which was born before my eyes. It’s the same fascination that makes me a polaroid addict.
What interests me in instant photography is its spontaneity and suspense, surprise and of course, the magic grain of Polaroid, inimitable. When the polaroid goes out, my heart is beating at top speed. For me, instant photography is a synonym of emotion and sensation.
Where do you get your inspiration?
I’m a dreamer: I think about my polaroid projects every day when I’m walking, when I’m swimming, when I’m talking with people and even when I’m sleeping! Nature, animals and women are my principal inspiration. My models (most of the time feminine) are the ones that I love, my Mom, my friends and my boyfriend. I like inventing stories, universes, characters that inspire me.
What interests me through my creation process is the feelings, inspired by people, nature and animals. My vision of instant photography is to create a new world with elements of reality.
What’s the process behind taking & editing one of your photos?
I anticipate my pictures, I imagine atmospheres with characters. But in the moment to shoot sometimes a new set up will come into my head. At each time, reflexion and spontaneity cross themselves. It is the object that is the polaroid which interests me too. I can modify it with my hands, making superpositions, and sticking strasses and laces on it. Then, the polaroid become an art object.
Do you have any exhibitions etc coming up?
At the moment, there are two collective exhibitions in my city, Poitiers (France). In February, 2014, in a wonderful polaroid shop named “En Face” in Paris, there will be my first solo exhibition.
And I’m a part of a wonderful international project, “The 12.12 project” with 11 other polaroid photographers (Penny Felts, Carmen de Vos, Amanda Mason, Kat White, Emilie Trouillet, Maritza de La Vega, Emilie Le Fellic, Marion Lanciaux, Rachael Baez, Agafia Polynchuk and Rihannon Adam).
Every month each photographer chooses a theme, one that challenges each other, pushes each artist out of their comfort zone, and generates creative photographic responses to powerful thought starters. Once the project is finished, a published book and a touring worldwide exhibition will allow these interpretations to be seen by all in New York, Paris, Berlin…
Thanks so much, Sarah! :)
You can find more of Sarah’s work online at the following places: