jesshibb by lalania

Jessica Hibbard Elenstar (photo by Lalania)

I’m an artist living in Frederick, Maryland, specializing in analog photography.


In the age of digital everything, many people ask why I choose to shoot film. I could go on forever, but I’ll try to answer briefly: I’m drawn to the beauty of vintage cameras, the warmth of film, and the uniquely imperfect nature of each image. Instant film is especially magical, and watching an image swim to the surface as it develops just never gets old. Though I love photography in all its forms, my specialty is creating images with experimental and endangered instant films.


I’ve been been making photographs with instant film since 2009, when friends encouraged me to try using a vintage Polaroid camera. Less than a year later, The Impossible Project invited me to test the first batch of instant film produced in the last remaining Polaroid factory in the Netherlands. My “Rocking Horse” photo was one of the first 49 images to be added to the Impossible Collection (housed in Vienna), which includes work by the world’s top instant photographers, and was on display at Impossible’s gallery space in New York City through December 2010.

Find more examples of my work on exhibit, online, and in the wild.


I like to tell people that instant film is the ultimate “social media.” Shooting with quirky cameras and unpredictable films has introduced me to photographers in New York, London, Seattle, and Sydney; collectors in Tokyo and California; bloggers in Russia and Belgium … I can hardly wait to see how the next pack of film will help me connect with the world.

I frequently share new work on FlickrTwitter, and Tumblr. Please feel welcome to contact me online.


Custom prints make a nice addition to home and office decor, and I’d be happy to help you select an image to fit your space and aesthetic.

Though fine art photography is my focus, editorial and commercial licenses may be negotiated for image use online and in print. I also create custom product images, editorial photos, and other commissioned work. Please contact me — jess {at} analogadventures {dot} com — with the details of your request.