Nicole Cartolano is an artist that aims to "take you on an adventure in order to capture your inner child." She also happens to be a staunch member of team analogue: "The risk of missing an opportune shot or losing the image to technical failure is worth the overall natural look of film and the magic in its unpredictability." We asked Cartolano to guide us through her work, one question at a time.

You can discover more of Cartolano's work by heading here. We recommend checking out her Southern California Culture series, and Early Days.


Who are you?

My name is Nicole Cartolano and I'm an artist focusing on analogue film photography.



How did you start?

I was fortunate enough to take a black and white photography class when I was 13. We made a pinhole camera out of a Pringles can and I was fascinated by how simply an image could be created. Later in life I realized photography had always been my passion when I was shooting with film. I was discouraged society was telling me to shoot digital and photograph weddings. I had an epiphany while living in a cabin for a year in the Redwoods that I would shoot only film for the rest of my life and at least that would set me apart from many other photographers.



Who/What inspires you work?

This intense love I have for people. I gravitate towards those who have an eternal spirit of youth and have kept the essence they were born with. I listen to music to intensify my feelings. Street art is a huge inspiration for me, it is a constant reminder how the outdoor environment is our canvas and that not only do these people not get paid, they are risking their lives for their art.



What's the most challenging piece you've ever created?

The most challenging shoot I've done was where I coerced a woman into be photographed while she was experiencing one of the saddest moments in her life. I helped her do her hair and made her feel special, and for a brief moment in time I distracted her from her grief.



What's the most provocative piece you've ever created?



What is Love?

Love is believing in things you can't see. This is a double exposure of the sun and moon. The sun and moon rise and set for us every day. This is love.



Digital or Analogue?

Analogue only for me!



If the world ended tomorrow, how would it look?

Femme fatale!



What's the best piece you've ever created?

My best photographs I have not yet taken. I will say this until the day I die.



What are you currently working on?

"The Princesses of the Pot-fields".