Observant and self-assured in nature, today’s wonderful photographs are presented by film photographer Brighton Kilgore of Asheville, North Carolina, USA. Shooting with a Polaroid Sun 600 LMS camera and some Impossible Project instant film packs, he plays with light and shadows to capture his urban surroundings and weave them into a confidently and bold narrative of harsh blacks and whites.
It’s refreshing to see such a young artist with so much insight and natural confidence create works exuding a great sense of patience.
We contacted Brighton and asked him about this particular shoot, to which he kindly shared:
“A few of these shots were planned, but most of them were happenstance; I stumbled upon wells and bicycles that caught my eye;moments that made me hit my brakes, and pull over. Being able to capture those moments during and in-between, there is always a reward to hiking up mountain trails or exploring empty walls and their contents.
“My friend, Micah was rad enough to do a bit of climbing for a few shots! The first was an idea I’d had in mind for a while, and it was awesome seeing it translate from an image in my head so exactly. The second one was taken after an impulsive drive behind another empty building. We were pleasantly surprised to find hidden graffiti, couches strewn about, and another successful roof hop.”
We asked him to speak a little more about his approach and thoughts on working with film, and he told us:
“White light and lack of it have been massive influences on my recent photographs. I’ve learned a lot about seeing the world not in color or black and white, but, in different shades of light. Paying attention to shadows and where the sun hits has such an important role in how a photograph may develop.
“I’m currently living in Asheville, North Carolina and there’s always something worth capturing, from the Blue Ridge mountains to abandoned barns and buildings.”
When asked why this collection of shots was important to him, he answered:
“I’ve been shooting with instant film for over a year and have fallen in love with it. I’ve learned a lot about patience and slowing down, waiting for a perfect moment to capture. This collection is special to me because I was able to take a lot of unexpected but pleasantly surprising shots, and see a few that had been in my head turn into a reality.”
To see more of Brighton’s wonderful work with instant film, please visit his links below:
Camera – Polaroid Sun 600 LMS
Film – Impossible Project Black & White 2.0
Model – Micah Spagnuolo