instax Photographer Shares All: Krishna B.

If her name sounds familiar, that's because Philippine-born Krishna Buenaventura Marinas is the co-founder behind iconic New Zealand fashion label Sunday Misfits
As a stylist and designer, Krishna sees her instax cameras as an extension of her artistic expression. 

1. Tell us when instant film came into your life and what inspired you to keep using it.

I can't remember the exact time but I've always collected old instant film cameras and was always interested in the different forms it came in.  Film can be very expensive so for the most part of me collecting them they were ornamental until a friend went on holiday and brought back 10 packs of film.  It was like Christmas!

2. What instant camera(s) do you currently own?

Fuji instax mini 90, Fuji instax 300 wide

3. How does instant photography fit into Sunday Misfits?

We used it for our last look book.   I wanted to capture the playfulness and the fun spontaneity that the brand represents and the instax shots showcased that.  Part of our story and inspiration comes from the personalities around us and our own personalities so I used instax to capture people’s personality in a way where they couldn’t see themselves in a selfie, or being able to take multiple shots.  It was that one shot, that moment!

4. Are there any other instant photographers that inspire you?

Oliver Blohm who nukes his film in the microwave and gives a different take on them.  He does a lot of portraiture which is what I am interested most in photography both in instant film and not so instant film.

Jeff Enlow did a portrait project called Parallelograms which are a series of double exposure of nude bodies.  He used 20x24 moving from the 4x5.  I guess with the instax mini 90 I don't need to find 20x24 because it allows me to take double exposure shots.

Andy Warhol, the pop culture man himself, he took a series of portrait shots focusing on the personalities (Debby Harry, Muhammad Ali, Yoko and John Lennon, Bianca Jaeger, Basquiat etc...) rather than any complex photography technique.  I guess he is probably more of an artist rather an instant photographer but I admire his work.  I got to see some of it live at Te Papa museum and some of his instant films were there.  They were so simple yet had so much currency and relevance.

5. If you could share your number one instant photography tip with our readers what would it be?

Having worked both on film and digital, there really isn't anything more rewarding than seeing your film develop and taking the perfect shot for that perfect moment.

6. What’s your favourite instant photography shot you took?

At the risk of sounding a little vain, my favourite shots at the moment are the ones of me.  I enlisted the help of my friend Nicole and instructed her to take shots of me and really show a little piece of Sunday Misfits in me.  I know that I didn't personally push the button but this was a series I wanted to do.  Nicole definitely was very nervous about me being on the balcony and doing all sort of crazy poses.

7. Do you have any upcoming shows or new releases for Sunday Misfits?

We just finished New Zealand Fashion Week Designer Garage Sale.  We are currently working on the next production.  We are not your typical clothing label.  We tend to work towards our own end game making sure that we can put something out there that we are proud of.

You can check out more of Krishna's instant photography here.