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Zachary Folk

Saturday April 14th, 2007 from 6 to 9 PM

Located at: 1718 NW 56th Street, Seattle, WA 98107

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These squares span about three years beginning in Bangkok and ending back home in Seattle. Most of the images were taken with a Holga camera.

The Holga is a small toy from Russia with a plastic lens, a single aperture, and a single shutter speed. With such a simple device the diversion of choice is removed from the photographic equation. The Holga lends itself well to wandering. It is liberating not only by virtue of its size and weight but also in the pure zen simplicity that goes into capturing an image. Just breathe, point, and click. Freeze the chaos of ordinary life. Part of the appeal of this camera results as a backlash of this ubiquitous digital age.

Today we can shoot and delete with little thought into the actual moment of capture. Using film and these primitive cameras requires me to be more engaged in a particular moment. These representations are made pure by their singularity. Once click in time they exist as a solitary representation of a moment. The flaws of personality and the unpredictability of the tools make these images even more personal and unique.

The show also contains some other work done with more ‘normal’ cameras depicting some of the beautiful areas around the north west.

I have been a photographer since I was a small child setting up still life in my sandbox with action figures and smoke bombs. I have been making a living at it for about the last ten years in Seattle specializing in portraits of people and pets. The Lazy Dog’s Guide to Enlightenment, his first book of photos, is in bookstores now. To view more of his work check out the website www.folkphotography.com.

Andrew supports the arts!

Over the past few years he has donated hundreds of hours and thousands of dollars to help promote talented artists. As a graduate from Cornish College of the Arts in Music, Andrew understands the challenges an artist faces to become successful in today's environment. That's why he is proud to assist. For more information regarding any of the artists please contact Andrew at (206) 930-8238 or info@SeattleHomeKey.com

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