In this new ongoing series "5 Questions on Analogue Photography with…" we send out the same set of questions to photographers. This time Marianne Williams answered these questions and prepared a gallery of her photos.
Name: Marianne Williams
1. Tell us about yourself in three sentences maximum?
I work hard to be a freelance photographer. It can be schizo going from a posh, well budgeted job that takes three hours to spending 14 hours on a sweaty film set with a negligible day rate, but I love it all. Also, I have a cuddly white bunny named Foot Foot, he is my photo editor and webmaster.
2. Why do you still shoot analogue?
What do you mean still? Film is part of my aesthetic and working practice which I will never abandon. I’ve been shooting 35mm since ‘94, there’s really no way to stop now.
3. What photographic equipment (cameras, films, and accessories) do you usually have in your bag?
I shoot such a wide variety of work, there’s never an always. I have all of my gear in one area and enjoy “shopping” my stuff to assemble the perfect kit for each shoot. I like shooting my Yashica t4 loaded with slide film or abused/heat treated negative film at parties, but for portraits or austere landscapes I choose my Hasselblad with the 80mm Zeiss prime, usually with Fuji NPS 160. One of my favorite toy cameras are the 35mm disposable underwater cameras you buy at the drug store, they are just awesome for daylight shooting and you can bring them anywhere.
4. Share a trick of yours that will always result to a great photo.
Set up your composition and exposure, then wait for something unexpected to happen with in your frame.
5. What photographers influence your work?
I idolize Mary Ellen Mark, Miles Aldridge, and Andreas Gursky. These and other artists inspire me to persevere as a photographer and create a body of work that spans the course of a lifetime.