Saturday, August 22, 2015

Toying With Ideas

Toying With Ideas: The Lo-Fi Photography of David A. Cory
Robert Williams Gallery
Box Factory for the Arts
1101 Broad St.
St. Joseph, MI

September 11 - October 24, 2015

Opening Reception:
Friday September 11, 2015
5:30 - 7:30 PM
When I tell people I have an upcoming photography show, they usually ask questions like “What is the theme?” or “What kind of photography do you do?”
I find these questions difficult to answer.
The art I produce with a camera doesn't fit neatly into any genre. The only way I can attempt to characterize the prints that will be on display at the Box Factory for the Arts in St. Joseph, MI starting September 11, 2015 is to say the photos are made with a Holga toy camera, some are single exposures, and some are multiple exposures. While I'm limiting the prints in the St. Joe to Holga images, at various times, I have used vintage film cameras, both medium format and 35mm, cheap promotional cameras like those once given away by Time Magazine and Holiday Inn, homemade and factory-made pinhole cameras, and even digital cameras.
I wouldn't say I do architectural photography in a conventional sense, though the subjects some of my photos are buildings, usually in various states of disrepair and distorted by the plastic lens of the Holga, as in “Flower Shop” and “Good Hart General Store.”
Flower Shop
Good Hart General Store
I don't do much portraiture or street photography, prompting one reviewer of my portfolio to comment that the photos I showed him looked like they were taken after a neutron bomb explosion. Buildings and other structures were intact, but there was not a human in sight. When I've tried it, I've felt a little weird and voyeuristic doing street photography, and I'm not that comfortable asking strangers if I can take their pictures. I have done it occasionally though.
Occupy Chicago
These photos, by the way, won't be in the show. Perhaps this is something I can work on in the future.

I often rearrange reality by making multiple exposure images. Reviewers looking at some of my multiple exposures of mechanical objects have referred to them as crazy machines or something out of a science fiction movie.
Industrial Revolution #4
I don't consider myself a nature photographer, but many of my photos include natural subjects, as in “Burdock #1” and “Vernal Vortex.”
Burdock #1
Vernal Vortex
I'm tempted to call the multiple exposures abstract or surrealistic, though I really don't feel they fit into either category.

Trying to explain my photographs reminds me of Robert Frost, who, when asked to explain one of his poems, responded with, “You want me to say it worse?”

So, I hope you will be able to come to the Box Factory show and form your own opinions.

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