UK based photographer Michael Sullivan loves to capture his travel adventures in film. We lent him a Lomo’instant Wide which he took with him to the beaches of Thailand.
Tell us something about yourself. I’m Michael, I was born in the ’80s and work as a graphic designer. I come from South Wales, and now live in Gloucestershire with my wife Rachel. My interest in film photography properly kicked in when a Lubitel 166B and Zenit E fell into my hands not long after leaving college.
On shooting with the camera/film: I have always loved instant cameras, but the majority of models I’ve used haven’t given me much creative control. On any film camera, I like; being able to switch the flash off, open the shutter for as long as i want, have some focus options, and the ability to take multiple exposures easily! I found that the Instant Wide ticks all of these boxes, and manages to do so without being complicated to use. In many ways it reminded me of my Holga, and it’s lovely being able to get some of those familiar characteristics and quirks onto a large instant film.
On these shots: I took the Lomo'Instant Wide on a return trip to Thailand. The last time I went there I had the Holga with me, and some of my favourite photos of the country came from that. It made sense to go back with one of its cousins. I’m always drawn to vibrant colours, unusual shapes and textures, so I aimed to capture some of that along the coast of Khao Lak and Phuket. Unintentionally, most of the shots were also of calm, relaxed spaces and moments. I suppose that was one of the main reasons for going there… I’m pretty sure that’s what tropical beaches are for.
On the future: I’m not totally sure! As my friends know (and get annoyed about), I’m not one for planning far ahead. I spend a lot of time in front of a computer with my job, so travelling does me a lot of good and it’s often fairly last minute. There’s a long, ever-growing list of places that I want to see. I’m hoping to spend some time in Ireland this summer with my wife to visit friends on the East coast, and the South West to explore areas where my Grandad grew up. Although I’ve been to Ireland before, I’ve not made it over to County Kerry yet, despite hearing many stories and being reliably informed of how beautiful it is.
Check out more of Michael’s work at his website mistersullivan.co.uk