THE OJAI ART CENTER PHOTOGRAPHY BRANCH

FEATURED ARTIST - Kayla Petrucci

 

Nature has so many wonderful experiences to offer. My love for exploration is what first inspired me to take photos. This has led my work to focus on the beauty of the natural world.

 

Polaroid photography allows me to instantaneously convert memories into tangible objects. I use this ability to capture the significant moments of my time out in the wilderness. I hope by doing this I can inspire others to slow down every once in awhile and enjoy what nature

has to offer.

 

I use an old 680 SLR Polaroid camera for my work. It’s film contains a delicate emulsion paste that sometimes forms defects in the images. Instead of trying to eliminate these imperfections I’ve made an effort to embrace them. Learning how to manipulate the films traits has resulted in a dreamlike quality throughout my work. I use black and white film as a way of accentuating this, while also creating a nostalgic feeling when coupled with the soft quality of the camera.

 

Two of the artists I really admire are Rene Magritte and Francesca Woodman. I love the way they’re able to capture surrealism. When I view their work, I feel like I’m witnessing someone else's dreams. Though I’m just starting out, I’m determined to continue developing my style so I can capture that quality in the hidden wonders of the natural world. Kayla Petrucci - email: kaylafaye.246@gmail.com

 

KAYLA'S THOUGHTS ON USING POLAROID

Polaroid photography is a way to deviate from the norm. The over saturation of iPhone photography has given way for a resurgence of past technology. The Impossible Project - the current makers of Polaroid film - came around at the perfect time when some people were beginning feel nostalgic for the cameras. The same thing happened with vinyl LPs. Lots of people still buy them even though we now have access to digital downloads. Newer technologies just don't have that same feel to them that we know and love.

 

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