Female Film Photographers You Should Know: Racccle
Racccle is an extraordinary photographer born in Nerva, a beautiful Spanish town in the province of Andalusia and currently residing in Seville. Her work focuses on a wide range of concepts: from the exploration of her being through self-portraits to the creation of fictional situations with a main character in order to tell a specific story.
♦ How would you introduce yourself to someone who just met you?
Hi there! My name is Raquel aka Racccle and I’m from the south of Spain, based in Seville. I studied Fine Arts and Artistic Photography, and that’s why I love all forms of artistic expression. I really enjoy the creative processes and the multidisciplinary arts.
Since more than a year ago, I run an analogue photography lab in Seville (SOL LAB), along with four other partners, where we develop and scan films for other analogue lovers. I enjoy this so much. Such a dream come true!
♦ What is the memory that you most fondly remember from your childhood?
I grew up in a very small village and what I remember most fondly is being always in the streets and the countryside, playing with other children or walking around with my grandfather. My parents also had a bar by the main promenade of the village and I spent a lot of time there. I enjoyed the hustle and bustle and the affection of the elderly.
♦ Who were the most influential people during your teens and how did they influence you?
The people who influenced me the most during my teens on a personal level were my family and some friends from high school, with whom I started to discover different things and who made me who I am today.
On an artistic level, it was during my adolescence when I had access to the internet for the first time and that was when I started to know “another world”, artists from all over the world and from all disciplines who nourished me and who have inevitably influenced my work.
♦ How did you get in the world of analogue photography?
I lived a brief period when analogue photography was the only type of photography in use and I remember using analogue cameras for school and family trips. But I really got into analogue photography as an art form in 2014 when I took a course in Artistic Photography at the Seville School of Art, specialised in analogue techniques and processes, and that’s when I completely fell in love with it.
♦How would you describe the photography you do? What is your work focused on?
That’s actually very complicated for me to say because my work is divided into several universes or pieces. On the one hand, I love to photograph using only film in my daily life; the beauty of the day to day, its lights and details, the people close to me, making a collection that looks like a family album.
On the other hand, I really enjoy creating fictions through different scenery and artificial lights to tell an imaginary story with a protagonist. These photos are usually in digital.
And finally, I love to express myself using self-portraits, where I usually add short texts or poems to support the narrative, creating a mini story. So, to conclude, my work could be described as a personal imaginary or collection of images that I create for a purpose. Different projects to collect.
♦ Are you working on any photographic project at the moment?
Not really. It’s complicated now due to the pandemic and the current restrictions. I’m dedicating more time now to self-portraits and portraits of people close to me. I’m also very focused on working on my website at the moment.
♦ Is there any photographic project that you would like to do but have not done yet?
I would like to do a project based on simple portraits of unknown people that I’d find in the streets, who catch my attention. I think I would love to photograph them to have a collection of portraits of people, I am fascinated by typologies: different faces and hairstyles, different clothing styles and make-up… I would love to collect and keep them forever! I’m a shy person and I never dare, but then I always regret it!
I would also love to publish a photobook one day with some of my projects.
♦ Which camera and which film do you use the most in your photography and why?
I have about 10 analogue cameras, but the ones I use the most are: Mamiya RB67 with Kodak Ektar 100 ISO film (I like the fine grain and the colour saturation of this film), Fujifilm ProH 400 ISO (I like the cool tone of this film) or Kodak Portra (they always work great) and I also use a lot the wonderful Olympus Mju II compact camera with Ilford Hp5Plus or Kentmere 400 or in color Fujifilm C200 or Kodak Pro Image 100. This one would be for daily use. I don’t look for technical perfection with this one, but for something “good, nice and cheap” as we say in Spain – haha.
♦ Who are your biggest influences?
Everything I like and everything that surrounds me influences my work in one way or another. But if you refer to people whose work I admire I would name photographers like Nan Goldin, Petra F Collins, Miguel Trillo, Alessandra Sanguinetti, Francesca Woodman and other artists like Tina Modotti, Marjene Satrapi or Louise Bourgeois. The music that most inspires and transmits me is flamenco and I love the beauty of the poetry of Miguel Hernández, Federico Garcia Lorca or Antonio Machado.
On the other hand (since we live in the 21st Century) I also get to know about many emerging and new artists like Josh Kern or Marie Tomanova through social media, mostly Instagram, whose works inspire me to continue trusting and creating art.
♦ What’s the best advice you would give yourself when you started in the world of film photography?
Patience. Never stop taking pictures and trying new things because experience is everything. Also patience to save and invest in quality because in this world it is decisive to find the camera that best suits you to get the images you really want to get.
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