In The Frame: Kayla MacInnis
All Photos © Kayla MacInnis
My name is Kayla MacInnis & I'm from Vancouver, British Columbia. I can't remember a time I didn't have a camera in my hands. As a child I always had a disposable camera or a little point-and-shoot, in high school I was in all the media classes, yearbook and even voted most likely to be paparazzi (ha!) and as an adult I find that I am always the one friends & family ask to shoot their portraits, shows, weddings, or other events.
When I was a child my grandma gave me her old canon AE-1 film camera. I've always preferred shooting film but because digital was so much more forgiving I found that I rarely used my film camera and was editing all my digital photos to look like film. (Thanks VSCO & RNI Films)
In 2015 I took my camera on a trip to Port Renfrew and shot my photos strictly on that. When I received the images I learnt that the light seals on my camera had worn down and was sad to see most of my photos didn't turn out. The few that did were amazing. They were crisp, clear and I even found that the specks of light added to the aesthetics of the image. I've been hooked ever since.
Film is timeless. It forces you to be patient and to really be in a moment. You have to think through your composition and at the same time you have to think about light, motion and exposure. You're only allotted a certain number of images so you have to assess what you're shooting and decide if you want to take the plunge. Slowing down allows you to make sure every shot counts! To me, shooting film is a rush. There is something about waiting to see your photos that has my heart racing every single time.
Now-a-days, I only bring my Canon AE-1 with me when I travel or adventure but I do have a little Minolta AF point and shoot that I bring with me sometimes. I have dreams of getting my hands on a Hasselblad, Rolleiflex & Yashica T4. I really want to start getting into medium format and 8mm.
After a friend took me into their schools darkroom and walked me through the process of developing I knew that I had to learn how to develop my own photos and so now that's my next journey. When I watched the paper soak in the developer and a photo appear it felt like magic.
[I would describe my work as] West coast inspired with a dash of city life. I love to shoot portraits, the wilderness and lots of gritty alley ways. In the last year I've found myself to be more experimental and that's what these images will show. I've been shooting on expired film, black & white, low ISO, high ISO, push & pull processing, opening the back slightly to let light leaks in (though I have a friend who is much more brave about it than I am) and even playing with shooting underwater, long exposure & natural lighting.