Filmneverdie Shooters - An interview with Vanessa Lee

So, where do you come from & what do you do for a living?
Although I wasn't born in Melbourne, I consider myself a Melbournian and I am a freelance photographer.

How old are you?
I'm 25

How did you become inspired to shoot on film?
During my 1st year of my diploma of photoimaging, we did a lot of black and white film work, including self developing and darkroom printing. I hated it actually, I was a digital person and I just couldn't wrap my head around it. I did however enjoy colour film but never shot much of it. It wasn't until a few years ago that I decided to get a film camera and try again. I fell in love with it and shoot more film than I do digital.


What format do you shoot? 35mm, Polaroid, 8 x 10 etc
I mainly shoot 35mm in my point and shoot because it's easier to carry around with me. I shoot medium format through my Mamiya 645 when I'm feeling extra artistic and have an idea for a shoot. I also like the instant gratification from Polaroid, so I shoot some of that as well. I am yet to fall into large format.

Why do you like this format?
I think it comes down to negative size, most of my 35mm work is for myself so I don't think I'll ever have to get it printed. Medium format is beautiful to me, to be able to see your artistic vision in a larger negative is wonderful.
Where do you see the future of analogue photography?Absolutely, if the people who still shoot film, keep shooting film it will remain alive. There are a few of us who adore analogue, we will hold strong I think.

Where can we find out more about your work?
I am currently setting up a new website at the moment, so I haven't been putting up any of my film work.
You can find some of my film work on my Instagram - @nessahlee

Leave a comment

Please note, comments must be approved before they are published