Saturday, January 26, 2013

Interview with Renee Ackerman

Renee Ackerman, aka ruhnay ackerman on Flickr is a young photographer based in Ohio. She shoots mostly film. We ask her to tell us a little bit about her-self and her background in photography.

Hi Renee, can you tell us more about you?
I am a 19 year old female who lives in northern Ohio. Since I was a very little girl I have always felt a strong appreciation for the forests and the magic things found in nature. I spend much of my time at the river near my home or gathering my friends to venture into the woods.

How did you get start and interested in film photography?
My love of film started when a good friend of mine gave me an old film camera for my 15th birthday. I went off into the forest and used my first roll within a few hours. A few weeks later I went to the store to pick up my photos. The woman at the counter told me she was "sorry but my pictures came out ruined." Devastated, I asked to see them. I was so surprised! The photos that the woman said were "ruined" were covered in red light leaks and overlapped one another. I loved them. It turned waterfalls red and pine trees into a magical forest realm. I couldn't have been happier with how they turned out. I was completely in love.

What film cameras do you use? And do you remember what was your first film camera?
I use an old Pentax that belonged to my grandfather. I don't remember what my first camera was but I know that it didn't take long before it quit working.

Who are your favorite film photographers?
When I was much younger I remember seeing a documentary on Sally Mann and being so inspired by her work. To this day I still really admire her. Also after joining the website Flickr I've met so many inspiring individuals who are constantly leaving me in awe. Aela Labbe, Alison Scarpulla, Robert Moses Joyce, Jocelyn Catterson, Nicola Odemann and Megan Brim just to name a few

Talk to us about your background in photography? Any inspirations?
I can't exactly pinpoint when I first got interested in photography but I do recall that I always had an obsession with trying to hold onto moments and memories. I used to carry a video camera with me when I was little and record nearly everything. Then at one point I must have got my hands on a digital camera which became my new means of preserving memories and feelings.

Any message for other film photographers? Or maybe a tip you would like to share?
I think one of the most important things for a photographer is for them to develop their own distinct style. A way from them to be illustrious. And for their vision to be known.

Renee, thank you for the interview.

More of Renee Ackerman's work on her Cargo page and Flickr photostream.

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