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‘Impossible’ Interview with Jacob Spriggs

Today, we are delighed to publish our sixteenth ‘Impossible’ article (to view the others, go here), this time we are featuring Jacob Spriggs’ collages!

While I’m not quite sure how to articulate in totality the influence instant film has had on my art practice, I think a few paragraphs about its inception into my life and how it has flourished ever since should do. My name is Jacob Spriggs, and I am a photographer/collagist currently residing in central Minnesota. I have been using Impossible film since late 2011…

‘All Things Go’ – ©Jacob Spriggs

Towards the end of art school I was looking at artists like Jeremy Kost and Dash Snow. Snow’s imagery specifically turned me on to instant film. Their dirty, grungy, but freeing content paralleled well with the haphazard on-a-whim lifestyle I was living at the time… there isn’t much to do but party and act like an idiot in a small central mid-western city, but I suppose that really goes for anywhere when you’re 22. So I went to a local thrift shop, picked up a cheap 600 camera, ordered film from The Impossible Project, and started taking my camera with me everywhere.

‘Ampm’ ©Jacob Spriggs

After I had built up a nice stack of shots of parties, friends, portraits, and acts of hooliganism I began to approach the frame of the instant photo like a canvas of sorts. It started out with painting on the surface, and then collage took over and has since played a vital role in almost all areas of my practice. Some of my favorite shots were taken in the summer of 2012 when I purchased 30 or so packs of older generation film from Impossible. Learning how to operate my newly acquired SX-70 Time Zero while using film that had an absolute mind of its own taught me to embrace the inconsistencies and quirks of the images produced.

‘Californian King’ – ©Jacob Spriggs

Over the last year I have been very interested in deconstructing the film itself. Apart from collaging instant photos together while taking advantage of the voids left by emulsion not filling the frame entirely, I’ve taken to cutting the photos themselves. These layered events act like landscapes of moments, creating nostalgias that never fully existed. Most recently microwaving developing film and using a few broken cameras has blossomed into a small series of beautifully decayed photographs.

‘Selfish But Selfless’ ©Jacob Spriggs

I feel that a film’s life can of course end after the initial capture, but the limitless possibilities of an instant photo when viewed as an object drives me to be the catalyst of its potential. They are simply beautiful both as memories and objects. There is a wall in my apartment where I’ve hung up hundreds of Impossible photos. It acts as my sketchbook, constantly being rearranged, taken down, and added to. I surround myself with these memories daily, and as far as I can see, working with Polaroid cameras and Impossible instant film will permeate my studio practice well into the future.

‘Wedding Time’ ©Jacob Spriggs

When he’s not lost in his studio, Jacob is working at a local brewery and preparing for a move to Olympia, Washington this coming month. Find more of his work on Instagram, Facebook and Tumblr!

‘Well on my way’ – ©Jacob Spriggs

‘Lightworks’ – ©Jacob Spriggs

‘Make Them Defenseless’ – ©Jacob Spriggs

‘Let’s Lose Our Leaves’ – ©Jacob Spriggs

‘Inside In, Outside Out’ – ©Jacob Spriggs

‘Deparature’ – ©Jacob Spriggs

‘Labradorite in April’ – ©Jacob Spriggs

Joanne Carter, creator of the world’s most popular mobile photography and art website— TheAppWhisperer.com— TheAppWhisperer platform has been a pivotal cyberspace for mobile artists of all abilities to learn about, to explore, to celebrate and to share mobile artworks. Joanne’s compassion, inclusivity, and humility are hallmarks in all that she does, and is particularly evident in the platform she has built. In her words, “We all have the potential to remove ourselves from the centre of any circle and to expand a sphere of compassion outward; to include everyone interested in mobile art, ensuring every artist is within reach”, she has said. Promotion of mobile artists and the art form as a primary medium in today’s art world, has become her life’s focus. She has presented lectures bolstering mobile artists and their art from as far away as the Museum of Art in Seoul, South Korea to closer to her home in the UK at Focus on Imaging. Her experience as a jurist for mobile art competitions includes: Portugal, Canada, US, S Korea, UK and Italy. And her travels pioneering the breadth of mobile art includes key events in: Frankfurt, Naples, Amalfi Coast, Paris, Brazil, London. Pioneering the world’s first mobile art online gallery - TheAppWhispererPrintSales.com has extended her reach even further, shipping from London, UK to clients in the US, Europe and The Far East to a global group of collectors looking for exclusive art to hang in their homes and offices. The online gallery specialises in prints for discerning collectors of unique, previously unseen signed limited edition art. Her journey towards becoming The App Whisperer, includes (but is not limited to) working for a paparazzi photo agency for several years and as a deputy editor for a photo print magazine. Her own freelance photographic journalistic work is also widely acclaimed. She has been published extensively both within the UK and the US in national and international titles. These include The Times, The Sunday Times, The Guardian, Popular Photography & Imaging, dpreview, NikonPro, Which? and more recently with the BBC as a Contributor, Columnist at Vogue Italia and Contributing Editor at LensCulture. Her professional photography has also been widely exhibited throughout Europe, including Italy, Portugal and the UK. She is currently writing several books, all related to mobile art and is always open to requests for new commissions for either writing or photography projects or a combination of both. Please contact her at: [email protected]