Weeks ago, several young art students were given inexpensive plastic cameras, called Holgas, and an assignment to take one roll of pictures per week. What resulted opened with a reception at Featherstone Center for the Arts this past Sunday, and the show continues through May 5.
“I’m humbled by their creativity,” instructor Sam Hiser said in a press release. “Their thirst for new information is striking and their ability to apply it is even more impressive…This generation is not overawed by technology: their drive for textures and capacities is uninhibited.”
The Chinese-made Holga is noted and loved for its limitations: a plastic lens, one shutter speed about 1/60th of a second, and one aperture setting. Pictures from Holgas are characterized by their sharp centers and soft edges, resulting in unpredictable but often satisfying light.