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OCTOBER  2003 
EXHIBITIONS 
ALAN ENTIN

Where Magic Interferes With Reality
Holga Photography

October 3-November 2, 2003
Skylight Gallery

Opening Reception for the Artists is Friday, October 3, 2003, 7-10 pm

The photographs in this exhibition were taken in various locations in Paris, France. They were taken with a Holga Camera, an inexpensive plastic camera. The image quality and "surprises" that often result from pictures taken with a Holga are often magical and befitting Paris, the City of Lights. In a Style Weekly (February 8, 2000) review of the show Cheap Shots, an exhibition of photographs taken with "toy cameras", Deborah McLeod wrote, while commenting on my work, "France is a place where magic constantly interferes with formality..." The camera reflects the quaintness, timelessness and atmosphere of Paris, and the "accidental" qualities of the camera further enhance the magic of Paris.

I am primarily interested in the expressive potential and the evocative
qualities of the photographs, not the technical aspects of photography, the type of camera used, the f-stops or shutter speeds, or even the film. Many professional photographers use a Holga Camera as an alternative to their more highly technical equipment because of its expressive potential and it is fun to use.

I want my photographs to have a sense of mystery and be open for interpretation. Some are abstractions of reality. Some are filled with visual ambiguity. Some are reminiscent of scenes from another time and place. I hope each image invites the viewer to look at the photographs and come to their own conclusions about what they see and what the photographs are about. I hope to communicate an impression of infinite possibilities for the viewing audience through this series of images. If these photographs inspire your interest and push the boundaries of your thinking, then my goals have been met.



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