I’m very pleased to announce two of my images from Burning Man have juried into the RayKo Photo Center’s 9th Annual International Juried Plastic Camera Show. Thanks Ann!
I am frequently asked, “What is a plastic camera”? Simply put, it is a camera made of plastic or more specifically a lens made of plastic. In other words, low quality, crappy optics. For me using a plastic camera translates into freedom from the technological aspects of photography allowing me to concentrate on the graphics and design of an image.
These photographs were created using a Kodak “Fun Saver Panoramic” disposable camera that I reload with Kodak Tri-X black & white film. Like most artists I’m a control freak when it comes to my art. I process my own film and do all my own printing, both optical and digital. I make my own scans and print these images digitally on Hahnemühle Photo Rag paper using an Epson 7890 printer with K3 ink set for an archival quality print that will last for generations.
The Opening Artists Reception is Wednesday, March 9th from 6-8pm.
The exhibition runs from March 9th through April 29th, 2016
The Opening is free and open to the public. Many of the artists will be at the artists’ reception. Please support the arts by attending arts events and buying art. Hope to see you there!
For the sixth year in a row I have juried into the RayKo Photo Center’s International Plastic Camera Show!
“Equality Now!” shot with Kodak Tri-X film, through a Kodak “Fun Saver Panoramic 35” disposable camera will grace the walls of the RayKo Center along with so many other incredible artists’ work, including the two fantastic featured artists, Jennifer Shaw & Ernie Button.
Opening Reception is Wednesday, March 11th 6:00 – 8:00pm. Hope to see you there!
This is my image “Nothing”, shot in Nothing, Arizona last year. My plastic panorama photographs are shot with modified Kodak “Fun Saver 35 Panoramic” disposable cameras reloaded over and over again with 35mm Kodak Tri-X film.
Lenscratch did a great write up on the show, check it out.
Please support the arts, attend openings, drink wine and buy art!
I will be in attendance at the opening and hope to see you there!
I am very excited to have a print hanging at the RayKo Photo Center’s 5th Annual Plastic Camera Show that opens January 18th through March 6th. Opening reception is also January 18th from 6:00 – 8:00 pm. This opening is the first one I will have missed! The opening party is great fun for everyone. Please support the arts and attend the opening, and buy a print!
I attended opening night at the RayKo Center in San Francisco for their 4th Annual Juried International Plastic Camera Show. The show was nothing short of incredible! The walls were filled with fantastic imagery created by plastic camera artists. The halls were packed with wide eyed, eager folks looking to get there fill of fine art photography. I have two images in the show curated by Ann Jastrab of the RayKo Center. It was a great evening partying with plastic camera aficionados.
Aline Smithson chatting with folks.
Crowds admiring the works
Wall of featured artists Michelle Bates and Sam Grant.
Plastic camera art by Aline Smithson, Michelle Bates, and Sam Grant.
Grid of nine images by Michelle Bates, with Aline Smithson.
Over the last few days I have been scanning new 35mm Tri-X negatives, and re-scanning older negatives from a Kodak “Fun Saver Panoramic 35” disposable camera. A few months ago I purchased a scanning table for my Epson V-700 flat bed scanner. The quality is so much better than the scans from the Epson negative carriers, I can’t even look at the old scans. The betterscanning scan bed holds the negative flat against a sheet of anti-newton glass, no more out of focus scans, sharp scans right down to the grain of the film.
These images represent a rough draft of what I’m thinking about submitting to the RayKo Photo Center’s 4th Annual International Juried Plastic Camera Show.
The RayKo Photo Center’s Opening for their annual plastic camera show in San Francisco was a wonderful event. Teeming with patrons of the arts, all eager to view the images of the 80+ photographers. Red dots started to show up on prints as the evening progressed. Fun was had by all who were in attendance.