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Film Camera

Abstraction and photographic imagery overlap to create this striking homage to the film camera

The Retro Collection by Paul Kenton, UK contemporary artist, retro inspired original paintings

Film Camera

48″ x 48″

Mixed Media on Aluminium

As a keen photographer, this painting is very special to me. During the late 80s and early 90s, I was lucky enough to have an Olympus OM10. With no money and only 12 shots, photography was a real luxury. I would spend ages looking through the pentaprism to compose that one moment in time, hoping for a good shot. The tactile control of the buttons and lens, gave me a feeling of connection to my photographs that I do not experience with modern automated cameras. What is wonderful is that I now have boxes of photographs from this time which I love to look back on. You can appreciate each shot so much more when you can hold them in your hand, rather than viewing them on a screen.

To emulate the tactile nature of the film camera, I built up a dynamic surface texture with layers of paint and exposed areas of aluminium to depict the boxy structure of the camera.

The tactile control of the buttons and lens, gave me a feeling of connection to my photographs that I do not experience with modern automated cameras.

On using film cameras in the 1980s

The Retro Collection by Paul Kenton, UK contemporary artist, retro inspired original paintings

Retro Collection 2019


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