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Friday, April 2, 2010

Honolulu Photo Exhibit Pushes Boundaries

Honolulu Photo Exhibit Pushes Boundaries

This portrait was taken on a phone's camera.

Karen Jones

Pacific New Media, a division of UH Manoa, opens a new contemporary photography show tonight, featuring photographers from around Hawaii.

Most of the photos were taken via digital SLR (single lens reflex) cameras, but some of the photographers stepped outside the box to capture images with the camera on their smart phone, or even with low-tech toy cameras.

“One of my favorite cameras is a $2 plastic 35-mm film camera bought at Goodwill,” says Karen Jones, one of the artists featured in the show. Jones has a background in art directing and graphic design, so we asked her for some tips on non-traditional photos.

“I'd encourage people to learn the guidelines, then learn to go beyond them, to experiment and just to see what happens when the camera is used in a different manner. Try photographing while not wearing glasses or contacts; hold the camera at arm’s length or keep your eyes closed. Don’t get too hung up on the bigger and better camera, lens, tripod, etc. One photographer said ‘The image input device is immaterial, it’s what
happens between the ears that matters.’”

“Contemporary Photography in Hawaii” is being hosted at Frame Arts Hawaii, 627 South Street. The show opens tonight with a reception from 6 to 9 p.m., and runs through April 30. Gallery hours are Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
 

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