I recently found the Atlanta based photographer’s work while perusing Etsy and I was taken by the macro-micro technique and mood each photo captures in her ‘Half-Awake’ series. There is a mystery in the figural presence in the environment. Not so much physically the toy dolls themselves, it has more to do with their interaction in the naturalistic space. At first they seem very sweet and the dollhouse connotation is inescapable. With closer look these photos are a bit frightening. Reminiscent of Victorian fairy-tales that seem harmless but if taken seriously have a dark side. As if falling down a rabbit hole into a land where a vicious queen threatened to cut off your head was precious! Similar to Alice’s experience these photos of a solitary figure in the landscape convey a sense of loneliness or loss. It may be poetic but why not have interacting figures in the landscape as well? I can’t help think of Andrew Wyeth’s painting, ‘Christina’s World’. Each figure is lost in their own intimate realm as if not other mortal lived in each owns isolated land.
My little sister recently purchased a retro fish-eye lens camera to take to Europe for the summer. Then I remembered my neighbor in Boston a few years ago showed me the beautiful almost eerie photos she took with her HOLGA. I just rediscovered and learned more about these amazing low tech cameras that have recently gained popularity. These are retro all plastic cameras that give you amazing keyed up colors, light leaks, distortions, and a dreamlike other-wordly view. The photo effects are very much in the same vein as my recent ‘Thrill Seekers” paintings you can see on my website. Which will explain why this pink Ferris wheel caught my eye. (www.colleenshull.com) As a painter I like to use photography as one of my source materials.LOMA Cameras were made in Russia in the 1980’s and have a devout following of photographers who brought them back in the early 90’s donning the name, “Lomography“. In 1991, the Austrian founders of Lomography discovered the Lomo LC-A. As the company states, they were “charmed by the unique, colorful, and sometimes blurry” images that the camera produced.”
They have a website (www.lomography.com) with examples of photos, various models for sale, info on what film to use, and the 10 Golden Rules. Including “don’t think, shoot from the hip, be fast, and approach your subject as close as possible.” Although they are becoming a staple of the Urban Outfitters store and hipster marketing I see this camera as timeless and not a trend. They run from $40-80 and I will be searching for mine on EBay soon…