I took a wonderful and inspirational trip up the California Coast between X-Mas and New Years. The Redwood forests were especially spectacular.
I have been thinking about these systems of security and technology and ways the artist can use these perceptive cues. Like most inverted images (negatives,x-rays, night-vision goggles, etc..) your familiar surroundings are transformed into unrecognizable or otherworldly. Our familiar possessions are heightened to a state of perception that harmonizes form and color and brings them out of every day reality. Sort of like vintage Lomography photography and it’s ability to heighten our perception of the world with it’s inherent saturation of colors and distortion of form. At once recognizable and abstract the question of what is seen and what is hidden is something I am interested in exploring in my paintings.
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…