Like Your Footprint is a pair snapping life through old camera boxes.
Clifford did some photography school when he was 15 years old, after he was stealing some crappy compact camera of his parents lots of times. This didn’t last that long, ‘cause he was getting a little too rebellious for school. He just couldn’t photograph the subjects he was asked to do and he was getting into punk music and started his own band. The too theoretic part of photography did make him lose interest in photography and didn’t really photograph for a long time. The digital era took over and he felt like taking photos wasn’t something ‘special‘ anymore. Punk music on the other hand was giving him all the freedom and expression he needed those years. When he grew older, the interest in art grew stronger and he regained interest in photography. Analog became something more unique that was what attracted him the most. The honest rawness of it was something he loved, just like in his music.
But the real turning point was a few years back when he met the love of his life Lisa. She was shooting digital photos at punk shows, but she didn’t have a clue that analog and polaroid photography was still alive these days. He showed her his Polaroid camera he got from his grandfather and she felt in love with taking Polaroid pictures ever since.
Lisa is creative all around, after finishing her art school she went studying graphic design. Photography is just one of the few elements that keeps her going. She couldn’t keep her hands of polaroid cameras after the proper introduction to polaroid photography. It’s a great solution for the digital chaos, never having problems on how to store them and find them back when you need them. Never editing, just focus, click and waiting for your picture to develop in your hand. It feels like capturing the moment, carefully taken, something you never have when using your phone or other digital cameras. With digital photos you lose actually looking at the subject however with analog, you seem the have some moment when you are focussing so hard on the object, you will remember it later on. And that is something Lisa is afraid of, losing memories, that’s why she uses Polaroid.
‘It will always feel like there’s some chemistry missing, when you are doing everything digital.’
They inspire each other to keep pushing themselves, but it feels like somehow they have this countermovement against this digital period that they even know that they can’t live without it. So they mix analog and digital by sharing their art online. Reaching out to other people, the polaroid community and also their family.