Join us Thursday, July 20 at 6 pm for the artist reception of John Armstrong. Artist talk at 7pm. We are located at 2543 Farrington St., Dallas, TX 75207.

 

Artist Statement:

 

I am a photographer who is happiest wandering around or traveling with a camera in hand.  I like to photograph provocative, ironic or humorous subjects and situations.  In addition, I often photograph images with text or words in them.  Anything that grabs my attention is fair game.  For this show, we’re only including photos that were taken with a $30 Holga plastic toy camera. Some of the prints were made in a traditional photographic darkroom with various techniques and some were printed through Photoshop in a digital darkroom.

While I photograph with several kinds of cameras, I first started using a toy camera about 10 years ago.  I was going on long cycling trips and wanted a film camera that was light-weight and that if broken or stolen wouldn’t cause a financial hardship to replace.  I’d seen the square, vignetted photos made with this kind of camera and liked the “dreamy” nature of the photos.  However, while the allure of this camera for some photographers is the very soft, low contrast, odd color photos they produce, I decided I wanted to make photos that were technically as good as I could get – I wanted the challenge of correcting as many of the shortcomings of the camera as possible.

Using a toy camera can be both exhilarating and disappointing.  Sometimes you can pull an excellent print from the Holga negative and sometimes you can’t.  And for me there is seldom the chance to go back and take the photo over again.  With no digital review screen on the film camera, I never know how my image will turn out until I develop and scan the film into my computer and print the photo.

BIO:

I am a Chicago native who has lived in Seattle since 1973.  I earned a Ph.D. in Fishery Science from the University of Washington in 1977.  While largely a self-taught photographer who began photographing in earnest in the late 1960’s, I am currently mid-way through the Certificate Program in Fine Art Photography at the Photography Center Northwest in Seattle. 

My major achievements over the years include:   a grant from Artists Trust in Seattle, having my photos permanently included in many public and private art collections, being selected as one of the artists whose work is represented by the Seattle Art Museum’s SAM Gallery, having 19 of my photos selected to completely cover each door on the top floor of the Hotel Max in Seattle, and having some of my photos exhibited in the University of Washington’s Henry Art Gallery (late 1970’s).  I have also had several of my photos selected as the “image of the day” on various web sites, (including  Smithsonian magazine, Curious Animal and Your Daily Photo)), won numerous awards in juried shows, been included in many gallery shows and have self-published four photography books.

John Armstrong

Getting Serious With a Toy Camera

8th Annual International Holga and Friends Photography Contest, Juror Burt Finger, Deadline August 25, 2018.
The 7th Annual Holga & Friends Out of the Box (on creativity that is) International Photography Competition is now under way with juror, O. Rufus Lovett, a professional photographer, teacher, lecturer, author and curator based in Longview, Texas. It is open to amateur and professional photographers around the globe that use a toy camera or an element of it. Photographs of your choice of subject matter made with any low-end, low-tech, limited-control camera “toy” camera – such as pinhole, Holga, Diana, Konstruktor F, Brownies, Anscos, and other Lomo products— will be accepted. Photographs made from Polaroid-type film backs attached to Holgas are also welcome. Photographs made from a DSLR or SLR with a pinhole, Holga, Diana, or plastic lens will be accepted. The Holga & Friends Out of the Box International Photography Exhibition opens in our space at 2543 Farrington St., Dallas, TX 75207 - in the Dallas Design District ! Lomography and Freestyle are sponsoring the exhibit.
Getting Serious with a Toy Camera Photographs by John Armstrong and Artist Talk at 7pm Tammy Cromer Photography is located at 2543 Farrington St., Dallas, TX 75207 214.4307148 | tammy@tammycromer.com | tammycromergallery.com
A few words… When I was 5, I went on a six week road trip with my aunt and uncle to California and up the west coast to Seattle. My aunt had a Kodak TLR that she carefully held while composing her shots of interesting places along the way. I had an Imperial Mark XII that my parents had bought for me to take along on the trip. My aunt’s words of encouragement for taking pictures were to be still and to hold the camera level. As you can see in my photos, I still don’t always manage to hold the camera level and the road trip has never ended. Just Passing Through is an ongoing series of places slowly fading from the American landscape. Skeletons of buildings and relics of times past are my favorite spots. Randomly found, stealthily pursued and occasionally staged scenes serve as places that become portals for time travel in an obscure way. They open the imagination to unexpected possibilities. Becky Ramotowski is a regular contributor to the San Antonio Express-News through her
Come see the remarkable work of Seattle photographer Ryan Synovec. He photographed it with a Holga camera and infrared film. It is a great show. Join us April 7 from 5 -8 pm at TCC PHOTO | GALLERY, located at 207 N. Center St., Longview, Texas 75601 and online at www.tccphotogallery.com . The exhibit is up through May 20, 2016.
Juror Keith Carter has selected 50 images from 50 artists for this year's Members' Only Show. Congratulations to all the exhibiting photographers! A complete list of artists, with award winners noted in bold, are as follows...
Come by and view Loli Kantor’s Beyond the Forest, Jewish Presence in Eastern Europe, 2004-2012, exhibit. It will be up from July 2 - August 14, 2015. Loli Kantor is a Fine Art and documentary photographer based in Fort Worth, Texas. Her photographs which have garnered notable awards are in public collections including the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, The Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas at Austin, Lviv National Museum, Ukraine, and Lishui Museum of Photography in China. Kantor was born in Paris, France, and raised in Tel Aviv, Israel. She has also been published in numerous publication, including Lens Work. We are located at 207 N. Center St., Longview, Texas. The exhibit opens with ArtWalk, Thursday, July 2, from 5 - 8pm.

Getting Serious with a Toy Camera Photographs by John Armstrong

7/17/2017

Join us Thursday, July 20 at 6 pm for the artist reception of John Armstrong. Artist talk at 7pm. We are located at 2543 Farrington St., Dallas, TX 75207.

 

Artist Statement:

 

I am a photographer who is happiest wandering around or traveling with a camera in hand.  I like to photograph provocative, ironic or humorous subjects and situations.  In addition, I often photograph images with text or words in them.  Anything that grabs my attention is fair game.  For this show, we’re only including photos that were taken with a $30 Holga plastic toy camera. Some of the prints were made in a traditional photographic darkroom with various techniques and some were printed through Photoshop in a digital darkroom.

While I photograph with several kinds of cameras, I first started using a toy camera about 10 years ago.  I was going on long cycling trips and wanted a film camera that was light-weight and that if broken or stolen wouldn’t cause a financial hardship to replace.  I’d seen the square, vignetted photos made with this kind of camera and liked the “dreamy” nature of the photos.  However, while the allure of this camera for some photographers is the very soft, low contrast, odd color photos they produce, I decided I wanted to make photos that were technically as good as I could get – I wanted the challenge of correcting as many of the shortcomings of the camera as possible.

Using a toy camera can be both exhilarating and disappointing.  Sometimes you can pull an excellent print from the Holga negative and sometimes you can’t.  And for me there is seldom the chance to go back and take the photo over again.  With no digital review screen on the film camera, I never know how my image will turn out until I develop and scan the film into my computer and print the photo.

BIO:

I am a Chicago native who has lived in Seattle since 1973.  I earned a Ph.D. in Fishery Science from the University of Washington in 1977.  While largely a self-taught photographer who began photographing in earnest in the late 1960’s, I am currently mid-way through the Certificate Program in Fine Art Photography at the Photography Center Northwest in Seattle. 

My major achievements over the years include:   a grant from Artists Trust in Seattle, having my photos permanently included in many public and private art collections, being selected as one of the artists whose work is represented by the Seattle Art Museum’s SAM Gallery, having 19 of my photos selected to completely cover each door on the top floor of the Hotel Max in Seattle, and having some of my photos exhibited in the University of Washington’s Henry Art Gallery (late 1970’s).  I have also had several of my photos selected as the “image of the day” on various web sites, (including  Smithsonian magazine, Curious Animal and Your Daily Photo)), won numerous awards in juried shows, been included in many gallery shows and have self-published four photography books.

John Armstrong