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Jan Van Endert

What was your first shot ?

The first shot I made, was with a Zeiss Nikon camera I got from my father when I was a little kid. I shot in the summertime, and my father developed the film a month later, so I had to wait for a long time. At that time I thought that shooting a picture was really boring.

Then as a teenager I made my first shot with a Polaroid camera, which was really cool, cause you see the result two minutes after doing the image and it was always like a wonder, to see how it works.

I started again to shoot on Polaroid a couple of years ago, and the effect for me never changed..... .
As a professional photographer I have been working with Polaroid film before using standard analog film and it was totally different to the way of photography of today. But it is also totally different to the way of shooting with a normal compact Polaroid camera: the shape of the camera, the lens, the shutter, the weight..... Everything is different compare to a professional camera...but the result is like magic and that will never changed!

How did your work, idea evolve ?

The idea was so simple, because I was thinking about the magic of a Polaroid. People are always happy and they have a smile in their face, while waiting for the developing process; some people shake, some people put it under the jacket or pullover to keep it on a warm place for some minutes and some people rub on it........ but it is always something positive and the images are mostly really simple, because it is a simple system and you don’t have to think so much about technical things, it is difficult to make a mistake.

That was my idea, to shoot something really simple but with the idea of using a Polaroid camera … so I found some corners in my flat I never saw before, I shot shadows on the floor, saw different things I never had seen before using this plastic camera.

Are you happy with the result ?

I am really happy with the result because it is a different way of photography.
It is easy, it is a real photo, and you don’t need a computer, a scanner or a lab. You alone shoot it and you just have to wait for the result. The battery is in the film, so if you don’t have a film, you need no battery, if you have no battery, you have no film.

What's next ?

I definitely go on with shooting on Polaroid. I have a lot of different ideas... we will see.