I will be showing two of my Holga images in this year's Celebration of the Fells show at the Beebe Estate Gallery in Melrose, MA. The show will run for the month of September with an opening reception on Friday, Sept. 7 from 7-9pm. This show includes not only photography, but paintings, textiles and mixed media as well. My images are titled "Bear Hill Tower" and "Six Rocks", both taken within the Middlesex Fells Reservation.
It's a sad fact of life that I can recite line after line of dialogue from the films "This is Spinal Tap" and "Airplane!". But next to those fabulously funny quotes, my favorite bit of dialogue is from a late 1950's film that I have never seen.
In the film "Funny Face", Audrey Hepburn, as a fashion model, says to Fred Astaire, playing the part of a fashion photographer, "Trees are beautiful. Why don't you photograph trees?"
Astaire responds, "I do what I do for a living. It has to do with supply and demand. You'd be amazed how small the demand is for pictures of trees."
Astaire's quote still rings true today. For me, the supply and demand part involves sitting in front of a computer most days doing post-production and retouching on very hi-res digital photographic files generated by some pretty talented professional photographers.
But in my spare time, I take a lot of photos of trees and such with very low-tech plastic "toy" film cameras, like Holgas and various Diana clones.
And Fred Astaire is correct more than fifty years later.
There still isn't much of a demand for pictures of trees.