Ago 23, 2021
Brandon is an American psychologist, chef and photographer who loves Polaroid photography. Since the beginning of the pandemic, Brandon put his culinary career on hold and pursued his Polaroid passion. With his painterly images, Simpson shows the beauty of the area where he lives, reflecting at the same time over the magic and pleasures of this medium.
am - First of all thank you very much for your contribution to our project. Can you please introduce yourself for us?
BS - Hi, my name is Brandon Simpson. I am from Mid-Coast Maine, United States. I studied and graduated with a degree in psychology at a local university while working full-time as a cook, something I still currently do. I’ve been a chef now for the better part of two decades, though I have always loved photography since I was a teenager.
am - How did you start in photography?
BS - I grew up with an artist parent, which helped in naturally developing a love to create and that just flowed into a passion in capturing images of the world around me. Since the pandemic I put my culinary career on hold and pursued other hobbies, one of which being Polaroid photography.
am - What attracts you about Polaroid?
BS - Polaroids are such a genuine form of photography. Each photo is unique from the next, as if you capture the very essence of that moment. There is no replication, no negative or digital editing. You get what you get for an image. There’s something very relaxing about that. And then there is the immediate gratification of the exposure with a slight excitement of anticipation while you wait for the development. It’s all a wonder to me. I love the simplicity of taking this old clunky piece of plastic with limited mechanisms inside and attempt to create a great picture.
am - We can see that you focus your attention on landscapes, is there a reason behind this, do you plan to explore other topics as well?
BS - I spend most of my time in nature. It’s a place where I find the most inspiration, so I tend to lean towards landscapes. Though I would like to explore other avenues such as portraits down the road.
am - Who are your favourite photographers / artists?
BS - I would have to say one of my favorite photographers would be Ansel Adams. His concept of visualization is something I try to adopt regularly and something I see in his photobook, “The Print”, a favorite of mine.
am - Thank you very much for your time and contribution to analog magazine.