Rhiannon Adam | London, UK

Short bio…

Rhiannon Adam is a London based artist, specialising in instant photographic processes. She was born in Co. Cork, Ireland, and was educated at the University of Cambridge and Central Saint Martins College of Art. Her work has been extensively exhibited and published both in the UK and internationally, and her first monograph, Dreamlands / Wastelands will be published by Jane&Jeremy in summer 2013.

You shoot film because…

The main thing I love about film is that each picture is like a little present – a surprise. You never quite know how it will turn out. When I shoot Polaroid, even the smallest change in light can have a huge difference, and the temperature of where I shoot, or how I “nurse” the picture while developing can all cause massive changes. With expired film, the picture is only half yours, and the rest belongs to fate. I like the physicality of it and room for experimentation. I embrace failures!

Your photography feels like…

My photography feels like a warm breeze on your face on a summers day, or a cold biting wind that cuts you to the bone. It’s visceral, poetic and dreamlike. It’s imperfect and evocative. My Polaroids fall into two categories – “straight” Polaroids (unedited, unmanipulated on expired film), or emulsion lifts (shown here). Photography should be about evoking a reaction, and my emulsion lifts are like dream sequences, linking unrelated places and memories. They are nostalgic, delicate, and flawed.

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