Rhiannon Adam is a London based artist, specialising in instant photographic processes. She was born in Co. Cork, Ireland, and was educated at the University of Cambridge and Central Saint Martins College of Art…
Her work is materials led – concerned with the tactile qualities of instant film, where the physical chemistry of the film reacts with its surrounding environment. Largely autobiographical in nature, Rhiannon’s work focuses on familiar landscapes and eccentric patterns of human behaviour.
Aside from her own photographic practice, Rhiannon is resident curator at Gallery One and a Half (recent projects have included Behind Bars, Marc Hagan Guirey’s Horrorgami, and Laura Pannack’s Young British Naturists) as well as curating numerous independent exhibitions around the country. Her work has been extensively exhibited and published both in the UK and internationally, and her first monograph, Dreamlands / Wastelands was published by Jane&Jeremy in 2014.
I started shooting Polaroids when I was in school, and it’s been an addiction ever since. I even wrote my A-Level Art dissertation on the subject, which involved me being chased through the streets of Soho for taking Polaroids of the neon signs advertising the strip bars. That said, shooting instant pictures has taken me on many adventures, and allowed me to meet many amazing people around the world. There are few communities that are as supportive as this one and I feel lucky to be a part of it. In fact, the double exposure below was shot by my dear friend Rommel Pecson (thanks Rom!) while on a trip to NYC.
The thing I love most about Polaroid is that it is so influenced by its surroundings and really absorbs the atmosphere of the place that it was shot. It’s not just a photograph – it’s the key to a multi-sensory memory.