BeAnalogic.com promotes and spreads the idea of analog photography, that is why we want to learn more about our users! “Outside Fridge” is a section of our website, where we interview our users. Why “Outside Fridge”? Often, analog photographers save their films in the fridge, to maintain the quality of celluloid. Once put, you can “relax and chat” with us. Today we interview Desiree Rousseau.
Sebastiano: Who is Desiree Rousseau?
Desiree: I am an artist and musician from Portland, Oregon that is currently wandering around the world trying to set down some roots. Hello from Bulgaria!
Sebastiano: When did your passion for photography begin?
Desiree: I began taking photos when I was 20 or so, I had a desperate desire to share the world that I saw.
Sebastiano: Do you remember when you took your first film roll back?
Desiree: I do! It was a roll of 120mm I shot on an original Diana. I am still very pleased with the photos.
Sebastiano: What do you like about film photography or photography in general?
Desiree: Film photography is a special way to share a past moment and since I am hopelessly nostalgic I have always been in love with photos. It also is a good practice in letting go and accepting the mystery that the future will bring.
Sebastiano: What kind of photography do you usually shoot and what kind of film cameras do you use?
Desiree: Mostly landscapes, my loved ones and sometimes textures. My favorite film is Portra but I’ll use whatever comes my way. I’ve been shooting on a Minolta x 370 ever since I found one in a free pile on the street corner 6 years ago. We were meant to be together.
Sebastiano: What are the characteristics that distinguish you as a photographer?
Desiree: Soft and dreamy, which is a direct translation and expression of how I experience existing in the world.
Sebastiano: I see on Instagram that you shoot people and places. Can you talk about your works?
Desiree: I take pictures of whatever moves me in the moment.
Sebastiano: Who are the photographers that influenced your work?
Desiree: I don’t feel particularly influenced by anyone, I don’t follow many photographers.
However I do really love Aela Labbe’s photography. It is more conceptual and intentional than mine though so I can’t say that it influences me.
Sebastiano: What is the future of film photography?
Desiree: Film photography has been threatened by the digital world but I believe that it is timeless and will continue to exist due to its unique quality and unpredictability much like vinyl records.
Sebastiano: Your plans for future?
Desiree: I’ve been meandering around Europe for the past 6 months and plan to settle down in Belgium!
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