Filmneverdie Shooters - An interview with Jeruell Espiritu

Where do you come from & what do you do for a living?

I was born in the Philippines but movies to Australia when I was two and I am currently a high school student in year 11

How old are you?

17 years


How did you become inspired to shoot on film?

I'm going to be completely honest but since taylor swifts album “1989” came out I saw that the photos for the album were take on polaroid I thought was really cool and different so I decided to try it out and get myself a polaroid, but after that my hobby grew, what inspires me about film is the tangible quality of the print, and the fact that there is only one copy of that individual memory, what also inspires me about film is the sense of nostalgia it brings


What format do you shoot? 35mm, Polaroid, 8 x 10 etc


Why do you like this format?

Right now I shoot all integral film from the instax mini, I also use polaroid 600 and SX-70 film as well as a Polaroid land camera using Fuji Fp-100c, what I like about these formats is again the uniqueness of the individual print and that fact that you get what you get and there’s no editing. It can be unpredictably horrible or unpredictably beautiful, I like integral film and peel apart film because It feels special that you get to see the photo magically appear before your eyes and you get to hold it in your hand while your friends surround you.


Where do you see the future of analogue photography?

Right now I feel the trend is to be different, especially the way we share our photos, as a teenager i actually see a lot of people my age taking photos using instax but when I'm out at a party and pull out my polaroid 600 everyone starts wanting to know about it and says its so cool, so hopefully the future is well for analogue photography especially polaroid for all those “hipsters” out there.


Where can we find out more about your work?

I don’t really have anywhere for my “work” but you can follow me on Instagram @jeruellexpiritu

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