Val Patterson | Los Angeles CA, USA

Short bio…

Val Patterson fell in love with photography by accident, while she was in college studying to be an Architect. After taking a required photography class at Santa Monica College she put away her drafting table and instantly found her photographic calling behind the lens of a Nikon FM camera. The rest is analog history… Now over a decade later, Val has created “The Pink Project” and “The Mona Lisa Project,” both conceptual photo books raising awareness for breast cancer and women’s charities.

You shoot film because…

Film gives me a genuine feeling of connection when I am shooting. Every time I use my film camera it feels like a magical vessel taking me away from the stresses and complexities of the modern frantic digital world where everyone is watching everyone else via Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, etc. Shooting film is my way of slowing down, smelling the roses and truly taking in a beautiful moment…Without the worry of how many likes, comments or retweets I may or may not get. It keeps me present..

Your photography feels like…

A girlish outtake from a David Lynch or Hitchcock film. A Cherry Lavender ice cream sundae topped with hot fudge, whipped cream, pistachios & cinnamon. Then hidden in a dark cave with only a car headlight shining on it.
I love the rich, vibrant color & aesthetic film gives me. It allows my photographs to have a painterly quality. Cinematic, dreamy, mysterious. Soaking in color & contrast. Like Caravaggio meets Little Red Riding Hood & Snow White for an enchanted tea party in The Black Forest.

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