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Photography is an act of life. My main interest in photography involves using a "toy camera", a Holga specifically. It's a primitive camera when compared to today's digital cameras. It's largely plastic and uses icons instead of scales and numbers for focusing and aperture numbers and it has only one shutter speed. But that's a small part of its appeal. There is this idea in art, called "wabi-sabi" that celebrates the beauty in the imperfect and the unconventional. Using a Holga, I am able to make photographs that are the essence of "wabi-sabi", because with a Holga you often get light leaks and photographs that aren't as sharp as they would be had I used a more conventional camera. Depending on the subject and the composition of the photograph, the light leaks often become a compositional element in the photograph as well as part of the wabi-sabi of the photograph. My photography is film based, it's not that I eschew digital…

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Photography is an act of life. My main interest in photography involves using a "toy camera", a Holga specifically. It's a primitive camera when compared to today's digital cameras. It's largely plastic and uses icons instead of scales and numbers for focusing and aperture numbers and it has only one shutter speed. But that's a small part of its appeal. There is this idea in art, called "wabi-sabi" that celebrates the beauty in the imperfect and the unconventional. Using a Holga, I am able to make photographs that are the essence of "wabi-sabi", because with a Holga you often get light leaks and photographs that aren't as sharp as they would be had I used a more conventional camera. Depending on the subject and the composition of the photograph, the light leaks often become a compositional element in the photograph as well as part of the wabi-sabi of the photograph. My photography is film based, it's not that I eschew digital photography, it's just that I enjoy the entire process and the intimacy involved in shooting film.

I was recently featured in the Winter 2011 issue of Fly Rod & Reel magazine.

Feel free to check out my blogsite, www.mtbbrian.com

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