Once again, thanks to everyone who came out to our June meeting. As always, we saw some terrific work from some of the best photographic artists in the Triangle. If you missed the meeting, you missed a lot!
In the course of one of our discussions, the subject of abstract images and photographing graffiti came up and once again, the work of Aaron Siskind came immediately to mind. One of the most influential photographic artists of the 20th century, his career spanned over six decades. Again, an internet search will call up an abundance of excellent resources, but a good place to start is at the Aaron Siskind Foundation site: http://www.aaronsiskind.org
As the weather rapidly gets warmer, thoughts of picking up our cameras and heading out for some fun in the sun cannot be too far behind. And for fun with a camera, it’s hard to beat the fun you can have with the “Fantastic Plastic” that is the Holga. No dials, no chips, no batteries, no software required. As a little slice of “Analog Heaven” there’s nothing like it. A roll of film, a little vision and the magic happens! There are many resources available online to learn more but a good place to start is: https://www.freestylephoto.biz/ Freestyle is now the manufacturer and distributor of the camera. Locally they can be purchased at Peace Camera in Raleigh.
And speaking of getting outside, clear your calendars on October 6th. The Forum will once again venture out on a photo safari. We did this last June and it was a blast! It was a little hot last summer so we’re anticipating it will be a little cooler this fall. Stay tuned for more details as the date gets closer.
We had a record number of Artist’s in Absentia this month with 5. Each artist is, or has, used the Holga extensively in their work. Along with their websites, they are:
Jennifer Henriksen (HolgaJen)
Michael Bryant (Met him a couple years ago at Artsplosure in Raleigh)
No longer has a website but google him. It’s worth the effort. (Ted is also the author of 2 books on being a working artist. They’re both terrific books. Check them out!)
Michelle Bates (She literally wrote the book on using Plastic Cameras)
Each artist is using the Holga in different ways to reflect their own creative vision. Check them out!
As always, there is much more to come, so stay tuned!