Laura La France: Spontaneous, Prairie Photography

New vendor alert! We’re excited to welcome the awe-inspiring photography of Laura La France to the Bison! She’s consistently kept a disposable 35mm camera on her person since 2016. Her photography is dependent on spontaneity, grounded in Canadian prairie-life, and strives to capture the hidden beauty of what we see every day. Catch her at the Bison from December 7-9, follow her on Instagram (@queenbedhead) and Twitter (@laura_la_france) to see more of her work and read on to discover what inspires her!

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Royal Bison: What draws you to making or designing things?
Laura La France:
When it comes to film photography, I’m just in love with the whole process. It takes patience, which is something I don’t often have to practice in other areas of my life, so it’s super rewarding. It takes weeks, even months, to use up my 27 exposures, then I have to wait for the film to develop, and then I have no idea whether anything has turned out the way I hoped. When I finally have the new batch of photos, it’s incredibly exciting to look through them and see how they turned out. I’m also drawn to how photography has made me see the world differently; since buying my first camera, it’s like I see the world through the soft, grainy filter of 35mm. Everything feels more beautiful and meaningful.

RB: What’s new for your line or business this season?
LLF:
I’m still new to vending, but since doing the Whyte Avenue Art Walk in July, I’ve learned a lot about the differences in what I think will sell and what will actually sell. I’ve whittled my collection down to a handful of my strongest pieces. Super excited to see what people think!

RB: What do you think sets your work apart from similar makers or designers?
LLF:
Film is gaining popularity, but it could still be considered a relatively unique medium for photography. Since my little wind-up camera is easy to keep with me wherever I go, I have the ability to take spur-of-the-moment photographs that could not have been planned. I also use restored vintage frames, which create a unique art piece when paired with the right print. 

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RB: How do you feel about being a part of the Edmonton creative community?
LLF:
I love being involved in the Edmonton arts community because we’re all working so hard to do what we do. There’s no sense of competition or of getting lost in the shuffle. We help each other; we encourage and buy each other’s work; there’s this sense that we’re all in it together.

RB: Please gush about a few of your designer, maker, or creative crushes!
LLF:
Edmonton has so many amazing artists! I’m obsessed with all of you!

RB: Do you have a favourite holiday tradition you can share with us?
LLF:
Helping my mother decorate her house on December 1st. She, my sister and I make a pot of chai, prepare a spread of meats and cheeses, put on the Neil Diamond Christmas Album, and open the several large boxes where Mum keeps her extensive collection of decorations. It takes us a whole evening, but the entire house is Christmas-ified by the end of it.

Visit Laura La France’s website to see more of what she’ll be bringing to the Royal Bison: bigmimicproductions.com

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