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Meet Chase Zarraonandia

Today we’d like to introduce you to Chase Zarraonandia.

Chase, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I started out taking 35mm film photos on my canon ae1 quite a while back just because it was something I had always been interested in, and before much time at all had passed, I fell completely in love with film photography and videography. I wanted to shoot with every film stock and every type of camera. From the start of shooting 35mm, I picked up taking stills in medium format with a Yashica D, super 8 with a Canon 514XL and even more 35mm with a lot more cameras such as my Nikon FE2. My passion for the craft grew from just shooting to developing, scanning and getting other people interested in my passion. I learn as much as I can and shoot as often as I can with as many subjects as possible. There is nothing quite like looking at a shooting an entire roll, developing it, and waiting with anticipation to see the photos you’ve taken and how they have turned out.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
I would say for the most part, the road hasn’t been too choppy. Although I have faced certain challenges along the way, none have been too devastating. The most common problem I run into is when I stay in one place for too long and have trouble figuring out what I should shoot. I am extremely particular about the photos I take, so if I get stuck with inspiration mid-roll, it could take a long time for me to finish it. However, because of my particularity I have never developed any of my film and been disappointed with the photos I took. I do believe that comes with the belief that I choose every single photo I take, so I am always excited to see and share them.

We’d love to hear more about your work and what you are currently focused on. What else should we know?
Most of what I am doing right now is posting the photos I take to my Instagram and helping people out with their own journeys into film photography. I do occasionally develop c-41 film for friends but it is not a business so to say. I do plan on growing my passion from just an Instagram account to a YouTube channel very soon though, and with that YouTube channel I hope to get other people into film photography.

Is there a characteristic or quality that you feel is essential to success?
A characteristic in myself that I find very useful to my success is passion. I am doing what I love to do, and at the end of the day, if people don’t enjoy my work it doesn’t matter much to me because I am proud of what I make and I love making it. The passion keeps me going.

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