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About me

Hey there,

My name is Mila, I'm  a Polaroid artist who shoots with vintage Polaroid cameras and mostly expired film. My journey in photography began during my childhood, when I had the opportunity to work alongside my father, developing black and white prints in our small darkroom at home. As a teenager, I dabbled with 35 mm point-and-shoot cameras, and my love for film photography never really faded away. In 2007, I decided to pick up the camera once again, starting with 35 mm and eventually exploring other alternative forms of photography, including medium format.

It was around 2011 when I stumbled upon peel-apart Polaroid, and it was love at first sight. There's something truly magical about each Polaroid—it's like stepping into another dimension. I'm captivated by the unpredictability of the results, the way colors shift, and how it reacts to different lighting and temperatures.

I'm deeply passionate about capturing the beauty of our Northern landscapes. I want to showcase the incredible home we share and evoke a sense of connection and belonging in anyone who views my photographs. My art revolves around themes of love, peace, and care—expressing the emotions and values that mean the world to me.

Experimental photography is also something I adore. Polaroid offers endless possibilities for creativity, and I embrace the opportunity to turn my so-called "fails" into something new and exciting.

For me, polaroid art is a form of meditation. It's my way of connecting with nature and people, and it makes me very, very happy.


Hidden (solo exhibition)
Helsinki, Finland

JANUARY 3  -  31, 2020

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

ISO 600 2022

Bologna, Italy 

OCTOBER 7 - 9, 2022

Bologna, Italy


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

Random moments

Helsinki, Finland

JANUARY 10 - 31, 2023

Polaroid Festival

Paris, France

MARCH 24 - 26, 2023

Bordeaux Photo Polaroïd

Bordeaux, France

MAY 19 - 21, 2023

Online Exhibitions

Online Publications

Instagram Roundup - July 2018

by Shoot It With Film

JULY 2018

Fall Polaroid Week Roundup

Film Shooters Collective


Instant Film Photography
a gallery curated by Flickr


The photographic story of Mila Maes
Instant Photographers 


Polaroid Week - Spring 2021: Our Top 20 Favorites!

by Analog Forever Magazine
APRIL 2021

Spring 2020 Polaroid Week Roundup 

Film Shooters Collective

JUNE 2020

Curated Photostream

by Film Shooters Collective
JUNE 2021

IN BETWEEN Polaroid Fine Art Series 

Film Photography Features by Shoot It With Film
JULY 2021

Spectaculum Magazine



Artdoc Photography Magazine


Collaborations | Commissions


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

by Dokkodo Sounds 

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