The Holga Camera- Its a cheap plastic toy camera with surreal and unpredictable results. It distorts perception and image perspective. It leaks light into the camera body, resulting in light streaks and sometimes spotty, uneven exposure. In the end, these imperfect images either work beautifully or come out disastrous.
I have the privilege of being asked to play with one of these beauties and display my inspirations in the all-too-soon upcoming show, the Holga Polka Invitational. I invite you all to see wonderful works of art created with inspiration from dancing the Polka with the Holga Camera. The show will run from Friday, Jan. 9th 2009 until February 22nd. The opening reception, featuring a live polka band will be Friday the 9th from 5:30 PM until 7:30 PM. There will also be a gallery talk on Wednesday, January 28th at 6:30PM.
I have two works in the show from the Carrollton series: Both images are self-portraits titled, ‘Until the End’ taken in front of one of my favorite homes, the last house on Chartley Drive that recently burned down. The photograph is a double-exposure black and white 120 size film, 11×14 sized print. The other work is a painting I did based from the composition of the photograph. In the words of the curator and Holga guru Mark Fisher: Its a wonderful, wonderful show. Come check it out! More info from the RFT here.