PHOTO DIARY: EVAN TETREAULT’S INSTANT PHOTOGRAPHYApril 10, 2017
Los Angeles photographer Evan Tetreault shows us his moody Polaroid work and teaches us a thing or two about taking great photos with the new UO X Impossible Project camera.
Photos by Evan Tetreault
Can you tell us a bit about yourself and your background?
My name is Evan Tetreault. I am a photographer and musician from Hartford, CT now living in Los Angeles, CA.
What’s the first photo you can ever remember taking?
I can’t recall a specific photo, but the first photos I was stoked on were of a friend’s band in 2005-2006. Myspace-era. I actually had a Myspace solely dedicated to photography. Just remembered that. Eek. Too scared to Google…
What new ideas have been interesting you lately when it comes to your creative practice?
Gathering and laying out content for book and zines.
Who are some of your favourite photographers of all time? What do you like about their work?
Always is hard to say some of the greats that inspired me early on come to mind like Stephen Shore, Joel Meyerowitz, Harry Gruyaert. And also some more recently found artists like Adam Birkan, Simen Johan, everyone on Webber, etc. Too many to think of, but that’s who comes to mind first.
Tell us about Velour Afternoon. How did the band come together?
Velour started about 2 years ago with my best friends. We’ve all grown up in bands together, from death metal to pop. This project was birthed from being inspired by films; directors like Ingmar Bergman, David Lynch. Very excited to have our first album finally out as of a few weeks back.
Is there a philosophy or worldview that runs through your creative practices?
It’s hard to pinpoint exactly, as it’s not always conscious, but I’m always attracted to nostalgia, fantasy, and timelessness.
Can you tell us about your polaroid photos you took for this project? What kinds of things caught your eye? What considerations do you need to make as a photographer when shooting with polaroid film?
It was tough because I hadn’t shot polaroids in years. But because of that it was also very interesting to see my own eye as of 2017 through the medium. It was as if initially I was almost trying to shoot differently; as if I needed to shoot a certain way because of the format. But, I ended up just doing what I do and walked around shooting what caught my eye, all in LA.
Where do you see photography headed in the future?
Who knows. It’s constantly progressing & regressing.
Where do you see your photography headed in the future?
I’m never sure of that, which I try and tell myself is a good thing. All I want is to keep growing & evolving; finding new inspiration so I’m never stagnant.
Can you give us some pointers on getting great shots with an instant camera?
Take advantage of the snapshot; go with your gut and don’t second guess yourself since there’s no need for adjusting dials or lag. But be careful, this stuff is expensive.
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