May 08, 2017
Harriet is a young British photographer who works mainly with Instant Photography. Taking advantage of the medium, Harriet produces soft-tone images that are nostalgic, romantic and beautiful at the same time. Depicting scenes of her daily life, her photographs are an ode to the beauty that surrounds us and a positive reminder to celebrate life.
Following we present an interview that we had with her:
am - First of all thank you very much for your contribution to our project. Can you please introduce yourself for us?
HB - I grew up in Oxford in the UK. I then went on to study Photography at University. After I graduated I moved to Berlin to start a 6-month internship with 'The Impossible Project', I ended up staying for nearly two incredible years. I have since moved to Switzerland to reflect and figure out where I fit and most importantly, to focus on my Photography work. I’ve got a few exciting things coming up.
am - How did you start in photography?
HB - My mother gave me my first camera for my 15th birthday. I was very sick at the time and this ‘gift’ really was such a gift in so many ways. It gave me the strength I needed to pull myself up, out of the dark place that consumed me at the time. As I started to get better I was whisked off to stay with a family friend who passed away recently, he became my mentor and taught me everything I know about Photography, including how to use a Darkroom. I spent endless days wandering around the garden with his beautiful old analog cameras, shooting roll after roll, familiarising myself with aperture, shutter speed, composition and everything in between. I think most importantly, this allowed me to lovingly nurture this newfound passion that I was now alive with.
am - What inspires your work?
HB - People, connections, senses, dreams, silence, love, the way natural light falls.
am - What drives you to work preferably with instant photography?
HB - Although I experimented with Instant Film throughout my studies, what really charmed me to fall further in love with the medium was working for 'The Impossible Project'. Being able to share and learn with such a special, passionate group of people has given me a world of inspiration and encouragement. Through this experience I was able to really get to know the medium and all of it’s magical qualities. I feel such a connection to the tangibility of the film, there is something very special about the feeling of holding a developing photograph in your hands and just pressing pause for a moment, enjoying the process and the present moment. And it never fails to surprise me! There is such a strong, enchanting and surreal quality to the look of the film, I often think of myself peering into another world through a window, the frame.
am - What are 5 things you could absolutely not live without?
HB - Human connection, open water, a good book, laughter, spicy food.
am - If you could travel and stay in a place for one year, where would you choose to go?
HB - Hard question! There are so many places I would like to go; my love and I are nurturing plans to start a travelling project, teaching analog photography and music. At the top of my list at this present moment would be India, go and seek refuge in the mountains.
am - Favourite songs / bands at the moment?
HB - Dope Lemon & All Them Witches.
am - What are you reading at the moment?
HB - Jack Kerouac “On The Road” which was given to me by a very special friend when I left Berlin, I keep taking pauses so it doesn’t end.
am - Where is your favorite place to go for inspiration and why?
HB - Being in nature is my ultimate inspiration and sanctity. It’s there I feel most alive. I see nature as regeneration.
am - What is your favourite photo book?
HB - Andrei Tarkovsky’s Polaroids- every photograph is like poem.