Somerville Toy Camera Festival

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Toy Camera Logo The third annual Somerville Toy Camera Festival is approaching, celebrating the particularly quirky and creative results that come from embracing the uncontrollable and the accidental in photography. The 2015 Festival features work by nearly 100 artists from 5 countries and 26 US states in three concurrent exhibits across Somerville, MA. Related programming throughout the month of September includes a street-shooting-with-toy-camera workshop, a darkroom day, the STCF Lo-Fi Lounge, and an artists’ panel.

Locations and Receptions:

Nave Annex (Davis Sq)
53 Chester Street, Somerville, MA 02143
Exhibit dates: September 10-27, 2015
Gallery Hours: Wed-Fri 6-8, Sat 2-8
opening reception: Thursday, Sept 10, 6-8 pm
This is location where my piece will be. I shot “Bike Lights” this summer in Jamaica Plain on 35mm Fuji-chrome using my P-Sharon paper pinhole camera.

Washington Street Gallery
321 Washington Street, Somerville, MA 02143
Exhibit dates: September 12-26, 2015
Gallery Hours: Saturdays, 12-4pm
opening reception: Saturday, Sept 12, 7-9pm

Nave Gallery (Powderhouse)
Exhibit dates: September 13-27, 2015
Gallery Hours: Sat-Sun 1-5pm
155 Powderhouse Blvd., Somerville, MA 02144
opening reception: Sunday, Sept 13, 3-5pm

See the Toy Camera website for Additional Festival Events

If you’re a fan at all of off-beat photography, you’ll definitely want to check out all three locations.

Lines

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Lines

Lines

pinhole camera photography (35mm FujiFilm)

Sarma

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Sarma

Sarma

pinhole camera photography (35mm FujiFilm)

Sky Cranes

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enamel on steel cut to silhouette painted obverse and reverse, shackles, chain; two panels, each: 90″h x 53″w

Installed in permanent collection at Harbor Arts Boston

steel silhouetted craines painted

as installed at the Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition, Sept – Oct, 2014

These silhouettes reflect a consideration of the overlapping social, political, and environmental forces that shift how we use and view the waterfronts over time. A working water front can represent one important aspect of a thriving coastal city, while recreational use of the waterfront can represent another important use. These are important considerations to weigh with open eyes.

First created these pieces for a temporary installation in the Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition in their fabulous civil-war era warehouse space, the Sky Cranes have now come home to a permanent installation in Boston’s HarborArts. At HarborArts they recapitulate their surroundings, a working waterfront that fosters an overlapping and simultaneous recreational use in exhibiting art and welcoming visitors.

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This Is A Long Distance Call

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enamel on steel, powder-coated steel silhouette, enamel on plexiglass (pre-existing light window panels)
24″h x 20.25″w x 10.25″d

photo credit: Mary Miratrix

The City of Somerville in conjunction with The Nave gallery launched their Phone Art Box program in 2013 as an on-going public art project to re-purpose and transform derelict, empty pay-phone shells. There is no theme specified for this project but recommended concepts to consider included: telecommunication, change, specific neighborhoods, nearby businesses or geography, 21st century, transformation.

The project referenced correlations and connections between contemporary ranching in the Midwest with historic Somerville cattle industry, with an additional wink to the city coming through sneakers tossed over the power lines. The phone lines across the countryside play the role of Ariadne’s thread, connecting intertwined and separate worlds.

Knowing When and The Secret

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Knowing When and The Secret

Knowing When, in front; The Secret, behind (obverse painting)
Oil on hardboard cut to silhouette (painted obverse and reverse)
each piece individually: 20″ h x 30″w



Knowing When, in front; The Secret, behind (obverse painting) installed in Mad Oyster Gallery.



The Secret, in front; Knowing When, behind (reverse side painting)



Knowing When,(obverse and reverse sides)



The Secret, (obverse and reverse sides)