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© Drift, Leigh Anne Langwell
Group Show
Curated by: Crista Dix

400 North College Avenue
Fort Collins, Colorado 80524
October 1st, 2010 - October 30th, 2010
Opening: October 1st, 2010 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

United States
970 224 1010
Tuesday - Friday 10am-6pm Saturday 11-5 Closed on Sunday & Monday


In this world of high tech gadgets, megapixels and digital color management, the
craft of photography is often buried in the details. We find ourselves asking, how
did you do that? What camera did you use? What film? Is that digital? What filter in
Photoshop? How many layers does that have? Is that really a conversation we
should be having?
The low tech approach allows us to talk about the images, what the intent of the
artist is, and the craft and creativity of photography. The idea of “low tech”
photography is a contradiction in terms, alternative processes like Palladium,
Ambrotype, Cyanotype and Gum Bichromate require extensive skill, patience and
an attention to detail. It requires the artist to pre-visualize the work from concept to
print, taking into account its inconsistency and ability to have a serendipitous
result. Using toy cameras, like a Diana or Holga, give us the opportunity to expect
the unexpected. For these processes, film is not an arcane museum object, but a
living tool, the base to work magic from. That plastic coated light sensitive material
that exposes our ideas, flexible and tangible, enables artists an extended range for
This exhibition, Low Tech, is a celebration of attention to detail, of craft and
composition, and lastly about process.
Leigh Anne Langwell’s other worldly photograms swim in primordial ooze, or
stretch towards the outer reaches of the solar system. Her structured process is one
of creating clever architectural abstracts through meticulous efforts. Ben Panter
takes the truest course of low tech with his pinhole landscapes. Exposures made
through common household objects like an egg carton or breath mint tin prove it
isn’t the camera, but the idea and execution that matters. Walt Jones used hot wax
to sculpt dancers leaping across the page. Grant Hamilton and Leon Alesi used the
instant technology of Polaroid to craft colorful abstract stories. With a toy Holga
camera, we see Marita Gootee’s kid filled poolside.
Low Tech spans the gamut of processes, ideas and visions. Landscapes, Portraits,
Still Lifes, all exposing us to the talent and creativity of the medium, as well as its
talented artists.