Where Magic Interferes With Reality
October 3-November 2, 2003
for the Artists is Friday, October 3, 2003, 7-10 pm
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
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.