In this new ongoing series “5 Questions on Analogue Photography with…” we send out the same set of questions to photographers. This time, Gigi Stoll answered these and sent along a selection of her work.
Name: Gigi Stoll
1. Tell us something about yourself.
Originally from San Antonio, Texas. Grew up on a small Appaloosa horse farm. I started taking photos of our horses with my fathers 1960’s Polaroid/800 Land Camera.
Late 1980’s, I was discovered by a french modeling scout in Dallas, Texas called City Models – Within a month, they sent me a one-way ticket to Paris. A friend gave me an Polaroid 195.
I began shooting my model friends while traveling the world. These shoots began my Nude series for galleries & collectors. Portraits started soon after for various magazines & private clients.
2. Why do you still shoot analogue?
I am very partial to the rich texture & film noir feeling. I love the dense blacks. There is also a depth in the film that tends to flatten in digital photography. I miss the whole tactile process. Waiting for the film to develop. Louping contact sheets & discovering each image. Making the test prints. There was little retouching, color correcting or time spent on a computer. Film has a more pure, raw & honest quality.
3. What photographic equipment (cameras, films, and accessories) do you usually have in your bag?
When shooting private parties I like the look of a Yashica T4 with the feel of a Nikon 35TI. I grew up on a Nikon FM2. My favorite color film: PortraNC 400/220. Favorite B/W: TMX 3200 I plan to start doing projects with my Pentax 6×7 very soon. I miss the wooden grip. What a beautiful camera. Fantastic large negatives for scanning. I shot like that for years until I met a man from Leica and went digital.
4. Share a trick of yours that will always result to a great photo.
Step into your shot. Get personal. I rarely take many images. Most of my career has been with film. When I was short on cash, I had to make each shot count. Sometimes shooting two stories on a roll of film. Most times the first shot is the one.
5. Which photographers influence your work?
I grew up on the other side of the camera so I like all kinds of photography. My favorite would be Irving Penn. Helmut Newton. Avedon. Diane Arbus. Lee Miller. Sally Mann. Peter Beard. etc. etc. And I must mention my first mentor – street photographer Flo Fox.
Thanks to Gigi for taking the time to answer these questions! If you want to see more of her work, check out www.gigistoll.com, www.twitter.com/GigiStoll, www.gigistoll.tumblr.com, and www.facebook.com/pages/Gigi-Stoll-Photography.