Member Moment: Adrian Eschenwald

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Adrian Eschenwald is a Film Club member who we had the chance to interview this week. His photos exhibit an eclectic mix of moods and capture intimate scenes from his life. Scroll down to see his photos and to read the interview! 

PL: What got you interested in photography? 

AE: I started taking pictures when I was a kid, but I only began shooting on film after a friend gave me his old 35mm camera when I was 18.

PL: What type of camera do you shoot with?

AE: Currently I use an ONN reusable 35mm camera I bought for $12 at Walmart and a Holga 120CFN I found in the basement of my old apartment.

PL: When taking pictures, what are some objects or elements or feelings within a scene that inspire you to take a photo?

AE: I think I’m drawn to people and things that seem out of place or kind of enigmatic. I also take a lot of pictures of friends and family.

PL: Of the pictures you submitted, can you share an interesting story about one? 

AE: There’s one of people dancing at my little sister’s birthday party. It was held at this sort of chapel-like venue in the middle of nowhere with these beautiful windows, and the picture has a super dreamy and surreal quality to it. I think it’s mostly because I dropped my camera in a glass of beer while I was playing an arcade game a few months ago.

PL: What do you enjoy most about film and/or digital photography and what is challenging about it? 

AE: I’m a pretty disassociated person, so I try to use photography as a tool to keep me present and mindful of my surroundings. I usually shoot on cheap or damaged cameras, so it can be challenging to make them behave. But I suppose that comes with the territory, and I kind of enjoy not knowing what the final product will be.

PL: Do you have any goals or ideas of how you want to grow this collection of photographs?

AE: Not really. I guess my plan is just to keep bookmarking brief moments in my weird little life.


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