Isolde Woudstra is a film photographer based-in Utrecht, Netherlands. She started taking analog pictures since 2001 when she studied photography at school. We featured her amazing work here in early September, and today we asked Isolde some questions to know more about herself and her passion for film photography.
Hi Isolde, can you tell us more about you?
I used to hide under the table at my own birthday party when I was a kid.
How did you get started taking pictures? Why film?
I studied photography because I'm not good at drawing or painting. I shoot on film because I started studying in 2001, when analog was still the norm and digital was a rare and expensive exception. My whole education was focused on working analogue... I spend months developing film and printing in the darkroom and only bought my first digital camera in my graduation year. I've continued to shoot analogue simply because I prefer the quality of film.
What's your first camera, and what are film cameras you use now?
My first camera was a Canon AE-1, and not long after that I bought a Hasselblad 500C. Now I shoot mostly with a Contax G2.
Who are your favourite photographers?
I guess Guy Bourdin and Viviane Sassen.
What made you want to pick up a camera, and what makes you want to keep shooting?
As a teenager I took pictures to remember my surroundings and my friends. Now I take pictures because it makes me realize how beautiful reality is. But that's one and the same perhaps.
Any message for other film photographers? Or maybe a tip you would like to share?
Isolde, thank you for the interview!