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Usually ships the next day ArtistS. D. CollectionThonk_TtV
Description This image, Tools of the Young Apprentice, is great for any playful young-at-heart photographer! ~~ The print presents a colorful, artfully-arranged mosaic of individual TtV photographs depicting a variety of whimsical vintage toy cameras. ~~ (Please be aware that TtV-captured imagery sometimes contains subtle imperfections, such as dust, ghosting, or distortion, and these should be recognized as features of the artwork rather than flaws.) ;) ~~ This version of the print has a square crop with black borders to accommodate a square frame or square matte opening. ~~ [fyi - I have another format of this print available which has the background area expanded to fill standard-ratio frames, such as 8x10, 16x20, etc.]
S. D., Wisconsin Member Since October 2009 Artist Statement Hi, thanks for visiting!
Those alluring TV-shaped bubble-lenses atop the old TRL cameras have hypnotized me into adopting the technique of through-the-viewfinder photography ("TtV") as a personal outlet for photographic exploration.
For many, no doubt it's difficult to understand the appeal of shooting TtV. So much effort goes into obstructing a perfectly good, high-precision modern digital camera lens with a bunch of salvaged junk, and then struggling to capture quality photos in spite of it. The act of snapping even a simple photo is clumsily awkward when shooting through-the-viewfinder.
But for me (and many others), somehow the process of creating new images through the workings of a sixty-year-old-ish camera has sincere charm. I find that the aesthetic aberrations introduced by optic "imperfections"--- such as grit, distortion, ghosting, light flares, and dodgy focus --- all add low-fi analog character to what may otherwise have been cold, bland, stark digital "perfection". Happy accidents abound in TtV! I enjoy working within a square format, as well.
Overall, it's a uniquely enjoyable challenge and, in conjunction with sharing and interacting via flickr, it's been a very fun pastime!
[fyi - A wealth of information about TtV can be found at this flickr group: http://www.flickr.com/groups/throughtheviewfinder/]
In this shop I'll be making prints available for some of my popular images. Thanks for looking, I appreciate your interest. Enjoy!