April-Lea’s 420 Polaroid Photography

Posted: 06/02/2011

April-Lea Hutchinson is a film photographer and model from London, Ontario. Shooting primarily with Polaroid and Holga cameras, April says in her own words – “I look for emotion to tell a story and reveal the beauty in my characters. Beyond the aesthetic qualities imparted by instant film and long exposures, my empathetic relationship with the person in front of the camera infuses my images with comfortable intimacy and perhaps a touch of nostalgia.”


April's very first film camera was the Polaroid 420 Automatic Land Camera. She kindly sent me the following e-mail describing her 420 instant photography:

My very first camera was a Polaroid Land Camera 420, It was given to me by a friend who also happens to be a Polaroid Land Camera photographer. The snapping sound when pulling the shot in anticipation, the thirty seconds to see what you got, is was got me hooked on this camera. The immediacy of the process suits my temperament and has allowed me to put my thoughts into an instant print.

I adore the many films that the 420 uses. The IPF “blue” tone being one of my favorites to work with and of course any of the original expired film. Nothing beats expired film with the funky color tones and degradation.

My camera really is just an extension of me, it’s very easy to control and handle. My 420 produces timeless pieces of art in my eyes. I wouldn’t trade it for the world.

All of the above images by April-Lea Hutchinson.


4904645811_9ba9ccc103_tApril-Lea Hutchinson's website / On Flickr stream.

April-Lea Hutchinson was my featured guest on The Film Photography Podcast / Episode 22 - November 26, 2010



5204323878_eaf64d0aac_tFPP Polaroid 420 Automatic Land Camera series previous entry - Introductions

FPP Episode Episode 36 - June 1, 2011 features a spotlight on the Polaroid Automatic 420.


Purchase your own Polaroid 420 Camera at the FPP Store!



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