BIO

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Details

I'm Mila. I'm a polaroid artist and I shoot with vintage Polaroid cameras. 
My photography journey started when I was a child and was working on b&w prints with my father in our home darkroom. Later as a teen, I was shooting 35 mm point-and-shoot cameras. My interest in film photography never really went away, so I picked up the camera again in 2007, first taking pictures on a 35 mm, then exploring other alternative photography and moving to medium format.

Sometime in 2011 I discovered peel-apart polaroid and fell in love. Each polaroid is unique; to me, it's like magic - I feel like it creates another dimension. I love the unpredictable result, the color shifts, and how it works in different light and temperatures.
Mostly I shoot our Northen landscapes hoping to catch how beautiful our home is and create in a viewer a sense of connection and belonging to this incredible planet. My art is about love, peace, and care.

I also love experimental photography - polaroid offers so many possibilities to create. And I love using my fails to create something else.

Polaroid art is my meditation, my way to connect to nature and to people, and it makes me very, very happy.
 

Exhibitions

Hidden (solo exhibition)
Helsinki, Finland

JANUARY 3  -  31, 2020

POLAroid NOW!
Genoa, Italy

SEPTEMBER  5 - 12,  2020

2nd Annual The Art of Instant Photography                         
Orlando, FL, USA  


JANUARY 1 - 23, 2021

Worldwide Exchange Polaroid, Expolaroid 10th edition
Bordeaux, France

APRIL, 2022

Instant Cologne'22
Cologne, Germany

MAY 27  -  29, 2022

POLAPINK
Bologna, Italy

MARCH  7 - APRIL 4  2020 (CANCELED)

ISO 600
Bologna, Italy 


OCTOBER 9 - 23, 2020

Instant Cologne'21
Cologne, Germany

AUGUST 27  -  29, 2021

Gelatin Magazine Art Show                    
Orlando, FL, USA  


MAY 6 - 7, 2022

Instant Art Arles 2022
Arles, France

AUGUST 1  - 6, 2022

ISO 600 2022

Bologna, Italy 


OCTOBER 7 - 9, 2022

Online Exhibitions

Publications

OPTIKO journal vol.2

OCTOBER 2020  

POLAZINE book


2021 (coming soon)

Online Publications

Instagram Roundup - July 2018

by Shoot It With Film


JULY 2018

Instant Film Photography
a gallery curated by Flickr


OCTOBER 2020

The photographic story of Mila Maes
Instant Photographers 


DECEMBER 2020

Fall Polaroid Week Roundup

Film Shooters Collective


DECEMBER 2019

Spring 2020 Polaroid Week Roundup 

Film Shooters Collective


JUNE 2020

Polaroid Week - Spring 2021: Our Top 20 Favorites!

by Analog Forever Magazine
APRIL 2021

Curated Photostream

by Film Shooters Collective
JUNE 2021

IN BETWEEN Polaroid Fine Art Series 

Film Photography Features by Shoot It With Film
JULY 2021

WETLANDS 
Spectaculum Magazine

NOVEMBER 2021

WETLANDS

Artdoc Photography Magazine

SEPTEMBER 2022

Collaborations | Commissions

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Cover art for "You Have So Many Years And Screw-ups Ahead Of You" EP

by Dokkodo Sounds