Name: Brigette Bloom
Hometown: The desert.
Current town: Everywhere.
Film and/or Digital: Film.
First camera: My dad’s old film camera, I don’t know what kind it is, but I loved it.
Current camera: Spectra. The Impossible Project donated a ton of film for my next project so I can use my old Polaroid camera again; it’s so dreamy.
How long have you been taking photographs?
Ever since I can remember. I used to take my dad’s camera and run around taking photos of my turtles, kids in the neighborhood, bloody noses, things like that. Then, when my mom would get the film developed, she would find all these random photos and tell me to stop wasting the film. I never stopped.
Thoughts about first images ever taken, describe them?
The first photo i ever took was probably of a slug or something, i don’t remember. The first real one I vividly remember taking is of my turtle Eric–he had beautiful bright orange spots. He was crawling over my dad’s foot in the grass and I was on the floor taking photos. I always loved that you could keep moments like that with a camera. It’s like time traveling. When I’m taking photos, I feel like I’m working with magic.
What do you see when you look at your work now?
I see it changing. I’m less interested in documenting strangers, which I used to do all the time. I’ve just started experimenting with different developing techniques, self portraits; more personal work. I feel like I’m expressing myself more in the way I’d like. It feels natural.
What do you hope others will see, if anything?
I never really go into it with other people in mind. But if I hope others will see anything from my photos it would be to experience all the wonderful and bizarre things in their everyday life. Like listening to the sound the wind makes and being appreciative. Just to realize how incredible this world is! But I like how everyone will interpret it differently, through their experiences.
What do you look for in an image? What makes a great photograph for you?
It’s just the feeling I get from it. personally, it has to have some mystery in it. And it has to feel real–I especially love what’s dreamy, dirty, and a little dark. If I can tell a photo is very staged and/or photoshopped with things added in, then I get really turned off. I don’t know why. The other day, I saw a photo of a girl laying down with a baby elephant beside her. I thought it was amazing and then I saw the link below to where she got the picture of the elephant off the internet. It immediately lost it’s magic for me. No disrespect to anyone who does that, it’s just not my taste.
Francesca Woodman, Egon Schiele, Sally Mann.
Favorite places online?
tumblr: lots of inspiration.
Favorite photographs (10 or less)?
How can I choose! I have so many favorites for different reasons. I chose these from my flickr favorites and some tumblr ones as well: In Between; Robot Cosmonaut; Jon Estwards; hui+, Random Bits On Becoming A Butterfly, Harley Weir; Sylvain-Emmanuel P.
Young photographers who most inspire you now?
Harley Weir and Rose&Olive.
Artist’s playlist: 13 tracks by Inkuyo, Múm, Sigur Rós, inkuyo, Múm, My Morning Jacket, Alice Coltrain, Fleet Foxes, Hans Zimmer, Alice Coltrain, My Morning Jacket, Sigur Rós, Inkuyo: Featured Artist: Brigette Bloom.
Where do you want to take your photography, or vice versa?
I started a dream notebook where I write down everything I remember from the night before. I’m starting to use it to create my new series. I want my dreams to come to life. I get a thrill out of sharing my life this way and others getting a sense of my world. I want to be making a living from creating the kinds of photos I love, travel freely, always creating, and inspiring others.
And talk about the new work you’re doing with Impossible Project?
Working with the Impossible Project for my new series has been a perfect fit! I’ve been most excited about photographing my dreams because it allows me to really connect and tune into my subconscious. I feel that dreaming is the other half of life and is constantly sending us messages.
As far as photographing this other world I go to at night–it hasn’t turned out how I envisioned it at all, haha! But for now, I’m just going with the flow and seeing what else gets created out of this. It’s kind of morphed into something else. I can never really “plan” shoots because something else just takes over and it always turns out better than what I had in mind anyway. I had a dream a few nights ago where I was riding/flying on a dolphin over the ocean and I just don’t know how to photograph that! (Yet.)
I feel that this will be an ongoing project for me, and I love that I’m able to experiment freely and let it take on a life of its own. This film is so much fun to use and completely experimental. I love it because of the effects it gives–it’s dreamlike quality, the fog, unpredictability–all that is perfect for what I want to convey. This film is like gold to me! I hope I’m able to work with impossible project forever:):)