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 Kevin Spaghetti.
Sebastiano: Who is Kevin Spaghetti?
Kevin: Kevin Spaghetti is a 29 year old film photographer living in Philadelphia, PA with his three cats.
Sebastiano: When did your passion for photography?
Kevin: I would say my real passion for photography came about 5 years ago. I had been shooting for a few years already, just for fun at shows and partie. I realized I was actually getting pretty decent at shooting. I started to look at everything around me in a new way and think about what it would look like captured on film and I loved it.
Sebastiano: Do you remember when you took your first film roll pack?
Kevin: My first memory of shooting film was with my mom’s old Polaroid 600. I would take it out when I would go skateboarding with the older neighbourhood kids and shoot photos of them pretending I was the photographer for Thrasher Magazine or something, haha!
Sebastiano: What do you like about film photography or photography in general?
Kevin: I love the feeling I get when I take a photo and knowing I captured a specific moment. A lot of the photos I shoot are at shows or parties and it’s always fun to snap off photos when people are having so much fun.
Sebastiano: What kind of photography usually you shot and what kind of film cameras did you use?
Kevin: When I first started shooting I was just doing candid shots at parties, then I decided to take photos of the bands I would see, now I am mainly focusing on portraits and am interested in the world of fashion photography. I mainly use a Yashica T4 because it is so compact and makes incredible photos but I also have a Yashica Electro 35 rangefinder and a medium format Yashica D TLR.
Sebastiano: What are the characteristics that distinguish you as a photographer?
Kevin: I take photos of a subculture that isn’t seen by very many people and document a time and scene.
Sebastiano: I see on your Instagram profile that you shoot people. Can you talk about this project?
Kevin: The best piece of photo advice I’ve ever gotten was “Get closer and put someone in it.” That has brought me to mainly shooting people and eventually moving to doing portraits.
Sebastiano: Most of the subjects of your photos are musicians like punk rockers? Can you talk about this?
Kevin: Yeah I am a punk and I shoot my friends and their bands.
Sebastiano: Who are the photographers that influenced your work?
Kevin: Jim Jocoy‘s book “We’re Desperate” on the early Los Angeles punk scene was my biggest inspiration when I started taking photography seriously. The portraits Jocoy took made me so excited and gave me the feeling that I could do something similar. Other photographers I admire are Murray Bowles, Glen Friedman, and New York City photographer Godlis.
Sebastiano: What is the future of film photography?
Kevin: I see more people taking up film photography in my community so I’ll take that as a good sign.
Sebastiano: Your plans for future?
Kevin: I am about to have my first solo photo show at a gallery here in Philly and will be releasing my first photo booklet in January 2018 with more to follow soon after.
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