Fashion photographer and journalist Britta Burger shoots mainly with film. She has had her work included in Indie Mag, i-D, Cheap Tricks and Rondo. We gave her a Lomo’instant Wide camera to test out around the parks and streets of Berlin.
Tell us about yourself: I’m a photographer and journalist, mainly based in Berlin since last summer, after 14 years in London. I used to style and work as a fashion editor for quite a few years, but now I focus more on portrait and documentary photography, mixed with landscapes and abstract imagery for editorial projects and exhibitions.
On shooting with the Lomo’Instant Wide: It’s one of the most straightforward cameras I’ve ever worked with, beautiful results too. I don’t shoot huge amounts of Instant film, it tends to be incredibly expensive, but the Fuji film for the Wide is fine price wise, which is definitely a plus.
On these shots: “Kotti” – short for Kottbusser Tor – in Berlin. I’ve lived here since November. When you get off the underground at Kotti for the first time it’s pretty overwhelming… chaotic, violent, scary but quite magical. The atmosphere is charged here, as if it was hot even though it might be the middle of winter. I tried to capture that.
On the appeal of Instant photography: In a world where some teenagers have probably lost the skill set to get into trouble IRL because they spend too much time trolling each other on social media, it’s nice to get an instant, physical reaction to something you do. You take a photo, there’s light, there’s a chemical process you can watch as it happens and then you hold the finished image in your hands.