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Issue 13       L o w   F i d e l i t y   P h o t o g r a p h y

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Interviewed/Amanda Moore     showcased/james arnold & holly Northrop   reviewed/binocular cam
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                                      BY Steph Pa

         love road trips. What’s better than hitting
         the open road with a good travel companion,
         a beat-up road map, and enough music to                                                                                                       “Why think about that when all the golden land’s ahead
     last a thousand miles? The simple act of getting                                                                                                  of you and all kinds of unforeseen events wait lurking to
     in the car and out of town has been practiced for                                                                                                 surprise you and make you glad you’re alive to see?”
     over a century, with perhaps the most notable                                                                                                     --Jack Kerouac, On the Road
     being “America’s first road trip”. On a whim and
     a $50 bet, Horatio Nelson Jackson found himself

     behind the wheel of a 1903 Winton touring car in
                                                                                                                                                             oad trips. The call of distance, of going … away. Artists,
     the spring of that same year. Along with his co-
     driver/mechanic, he traveled from San Francisco                                                                                                         writers, and musicians all share an intangible and often

     to Idaho, picked up dog named Bud, and the trio                                                                                                         time irrepressible urge to hit the road, then to create

     continued to New York City, and became the first                                                                                                  something based upon the adventure found therein. I am

     ever to cross the nation via automobile.                                                                                                          no exception to this asphalt wanderlust and I try to never
                                                                                                                                                       be without a camera, some film and a willingness to be a
     Someday we’ll venture out Jackson-style, on                                                                                                       spontaneous photographer when the road comes a-calling.
     what we consider to be the ultimate road trip,
     the weeks-long adventure that too will take us                                                                                                    For me, there’s something about using particular cameras
     across America, to the east coast and back. But                                                                                                   when it comes to traveling. Call it faux romanticism. I like
     first, instead of a Winton, we have to become
                                                                                                                                                       keeping it pretty simple; just a couple of cheap Polaroids
     owners of an 80s-model, preferably two-toned
                                                                                                                                                       along with my old original Holga and my Mark L Diana clone.
     VW Westfalia bus with a pop-up camper, because                                                                                                                                                                               more than just where you are going to end up. The easiest
                                                                                                                                                       Light traveling, one bag—throw it in the back or on top of
     that—to us—is the ultimate road trip vehicle. I’m
                                                             plaster on the back window before we leave the parking lot of said Wall Drug. But                                                                                    way to facilitate this is to leave early. Just bite the bullet, leave
                                                                                                                                                       everything else in the trunk. To me, road trip or traveling
     sure we’ll have a breakdown or three along the
                                                             until that day, those cross-country weeks, we’ll stick closer to home here in the west,                                                                              a measly one hour earlier than you should. Better yet, plan.
                                                                                                                                                       photography is different than “destination” photography.
     way, and big rigs will pass us on steep hills, but
                                                             and with our beloved monotone Subaru and its “Keep Tahoe Blue” sticker. We’ll visit                                                                                  Believe me, I hate that word “plan”. It isn’t in my nature. I
                                                                                                                                                       Capturing images during a road trip is really about what there
     we’ll be in heaven. When we return, the bus will
                                                             the southwest, the land of strange hoodoos, stratified canyons, and wide-open skies.                                                                                 abhor planning but at the same time, I’m not so stupid that I
     be filled with loads of dirty laundry, spent rolls of                                                                                             is to witness in the space between “here” and “there”. Once
                                                             We love the desert almost as much as we love road trips.                                                                                                             don’t see the benefit of it. Planning allows you to highlight a
     film and stacks of Polaroids, cheap must-haves                                                                                                    you’re “there” you’ll have plenty of opportunity to ponder
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  path that may lead you to quirky photo stops, like the World’s
     from souvenir stands here and there, and the                                                                                                      the story you want to tell about a place, but on the road—the
                                                             Wherever the road takes you in the coming months, I wish you the cheesiest souvenirs,                                                                                Largest Shoe or Jesus On A Dinosaur or countless other roadside
     kind of unforgettable memories that only a road                                                                                                   story lies in the creases of time spent making the journey.
                                                             the most interesting characters, the safest travels, and a bus full of fun memories.
     trip can produce. Oh, and let’s not forget about                                                                                                                                                                             oddities highlighted in a litany of pop culture books and web

     the “I’ve been to Wall Drug” sticker that we’ll                                                                                                                                                                              sites out there. If you really want the nostalgic feel of road
                                                                                                                                                       These creases demand a different mindset. We all tend to
                                                             Happy trails,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  tripping, you’ll need to plan a jaunt that involves more back
                                                                                                                                                       hammer down the interstate with the final destination
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  roads and lesser-traversed highways. But even if you can’t do
                                                                                                                                                       as the goal. We hit gas stations, rest stops and fast food
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  this, it shouldn’t stop you; there’s plenty out there to shoot.
                                                                                                                                                       restaurants as near to the main road as we can find
    Oops! In issue 12, we forgot to list Showcase artist
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Again, I like to keep it pretty simple. I drive, I look, I stop, I
      Rebecca Tolk’s website. We apologize, Rebeccca!                                                                                                  them. You’ve got to break free. Rule one—make time for
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  shoot, I drive some more.
                                                                                                               photography by making time to think about something

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                                                                                                                                                  JH:   Are your photographs story telling?
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                                                                                                                                                  AM:    They hold biographical information about the places I
                                                                                                                                                  have traveled and what my interests were during a particular

    AMANDA MOORE                                                                                                                                  time. Presented in an art space as a body of work, they are
                                                                                                                                                  about society and the Western environment—a study of space
                                                                                                                                                  and the use of it. Also, editing is essential to writing and art
    A Southern Belle in a Western Town
                                                                                                                                                  and I rely on my husband and close friends to organize shows,
                                                                                                                                                  because they are not attached to the personal story but to the
                                                                                                                                                  larger story I want the public to see.

    With thousands of Polaroids and a few dozen toy camer
                                                                        as,                                                                       JH:    After earning an Associates degree in Photographic
    Tennessee-born Salt Lake City photographer Amanda Moore                                                Interview by Jay Heuman;
    frankly about life, picture taking, and the future of low-fi                                                                                  Imaging you worked with commercial photographers. Did
                                                                 . She sat                                 images by Amanda Moore
    down with friend and curator Jay Heuman for a rapid-fire                                                                                      you learn anything long-lasting from them?
                                                                 Q & A.

                                                                                                                                                  AM:    The main thing I learned is that I never want to be
                                                                                                                                                  a commercial photographer. My ego is way too sensitive. I
    Jay Heuman: You were born and raised in Tennessee but ended up loving and living in the                                                       also learned to treat whatever you do like a business. I try
    West. How has the West shaped your selection of photographic subjects?                                                                        to stay organized and keep a strong work ethic, even if I do                         Sands Motor Inn, North Platte, NE, 2007
                                                                                                                                                  something that will never be in a show. Have a strong grasp
    Aman da Moore:          I fell in love with the West during a month-long backpacking trip while                                               on the tools of the trade … and always have a camera.
    I was in high school and knew I had to get back. After college and some time in Atlanta, I
    was ready for a change of pace and weather. I moved to Salt Lake City to pursue my MFA                                                        JH: You have used toy and Polaroid cameras for a long time,
    at the University of Utah. During my first year in Salt Lake, I went somewhere every other                                                    even during your formal studies. How did that come about?
    weekend and the new, wide expanses of Utah were appealing. As we traveled around, the empty
    landscapes littered with clues of human existence became my bread and butter. First the small                                                 AM:     One teacher in my undergraduate program used
    town motels, restaurants and signage … then abandoned shacks and the empty storefronts of                                                     Holgas in commercial campaigns before Lomography existed
    ghost towns.                                                                                                                                  and insisted his students learn to use them. I paid $10 for my
                                                                                                                                                  first Holga at the student bookstore. Best $10 I ever spent. I
    JH:   Let’s back up one step, to before you dedicated yourself full time to photography. Your                                                 began using it when I was heavily into using my 4x5 Sinar
    undergraduate degree from the University of Tennessee, Chattanooga is in English Literature                                                   camera. The 4x5 is so time consuming and the sharpest thing
    and Fiction Writing. What about fiction appealed to you?                                                                                      I have ever used, whereas the Holga is the exact opposite. It
                                                                                                                                                  was like taking the odd couple of cameras wherever I went.
    AM:   I love fiction and the long history of Southern literature in particular. I went to a high                                              In graduate school I did a series of Holga Polaroid images as
    school with a serious summer reading program and loved it. I also came from a long line of                                                    a release from the more controlled work I was doing. I got
    good story tellers. Not that all great stories are made up, but the better ones seem to have                                                  my first Polaroid in elementary school. I always had one. My
    embellishments. I spent a lot of my childhood with older family members listening to folklore                                                 grandfather was an architect and had stacks of old Polaroids
    about our ancestors, and though I love the idea of telling stories, I felt the writing process to be                                          of building sites and I loved them. The Polaroid is the closest
    disconnecting and solitary. I’ve never kept journals but I love the idea of telling a good story.                                             thing to magic I have ever seen.                                                      Caribou Motel, Soda Springs, ID, 2008

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     Light Leaks 13’s theme, Road Trip”, takes us on a journey back in time to those family car trips, staring
                                                                                                               out                                               Lago, Nahuel Huapi, Patagonia | Amy Corder, Buenos Aires, Argentina | | Diana +
     the window at never-ending nothingness sprinkled with crazy signage and wacky monuments, punctuated
     with bad food, cheap motels, and the incredible bliss of the open road. Whether it was cornfields
     cowboys, houses or hot dogs, you shared the people and places along the way.

     Our theme may be “Road Trip”, but it appears that more of you than ever were staying home submitting
     images to Light Leaks. We had our largest submission pool to date, which makes the selecting (and
     ing) even more difficult! Thank you for taking the time to submit.

     But any trip has its flat tires. For those of us at Light Leaks, we run out of gas when we have to
     so many images due to incorrect submissions: (.jpg means .jpg, not .tiff or .png or .zip), or if you
                                                                                                          send us more than one image, we have to
     eliminate all of them (choosing one makes you a better editor!). Make sure it’s a TOY camera (not
                                                                                                          a Lomo LC-A or Lubitel), and finally please
     take the time to clean your images. As beautiful as they may be, we only want to present the very
                                                                                                            best.                                                      Tunnel Vision | Jon Wilson, Southend-on-Sea, Essex, UK | | Holga 120N
     Safe travels and enjoy the ride!

            Are We There Yet? , Emily Nienow, Santa Ana, CA, USA                         Ottawa to NYC*, Tiffany Teske, Banff, AB, Canada
                                 Polaroid 670                                                              Polaroid SX-70                                   Which Way Should I Go? | Sonja Seawright, Philadelphia, PA, USA | | Disderi 3 Lens Robot Camera

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     Debonair Motel, Tricia Owens, Indianapolis, IN, USA                             Classic Inn, Jessica Reynolds, Austin, TX, USA
                            Holga                                                                     Holga 120SF

                                                                                                                                                                       The Family Truckster on Route 66, Ann Texter, Georgetown, TX, USA

          Big Piney, Jon Kersey, Santa Cruz, CA, USA                             El Dorado Motel, Melissa Bligh, Sydney, NSW, Australia
                            Holga                                                                        Holga

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                                                                                                     Recall, Alison Garnett, Toronto, ON, Canada                         Untitled, Rachel Carrier, Washington, DC, USA
                                                                                                                          Diana                                                         Polaroid SX-70

     Sunset Boulevard Neon, Maura Brennan, Valley Village, CA, USA

                                                                                                    Halfway, Chris Biedrzycki, Topsham, ME, USA                            Crossroads, Sean Rohde, Phoenix, AZ, USA
                                                                                                                   Stellar (Diana Clone)                                              Colorpack III, ID-UV

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      Holy Cow, Michelle Bates, Seattle, WA, USA                         Nevada Roadside, Deborah Martin, Los Angeles, CA, USA
                     Holga 120S                                                              Polaroid 600

                                                                                                                                                              Catalina Cowboy, Liv Naesheim, Los Angeles, CA, USA

     Tree With Cow, Luc Ubaghs, Antwerp, Belgium                     Imaginary Naturescapes, Alan D Entin, Richmond, VA, USA
                     Holga 120S                                                               Holga 120S

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                                                                                   At a Red Table We Ate Garlic Bread and Drank Rum and Coke, Later                       LA Norms 2003, Sheri Lynn, Edgewater, NJ, USA
                                                                                      We Switched to Coffee, Jessica Zerbel, Marquette, MI, USA                            
                                                                                             | Diana+                                                           Polaroid i-Zone

     Waffle House 03, Paul Sharratt, Takoma Park, MD, USA

                                                                                   Still Life at the Bagdad Café, Tsim D. Schneider, Berkeley, CA, USA          Go to Eddie’s For the Pancakes, Jennifer Lebel and Benjamin
                                                                                                                                 Miller, San Francisco, CA, USA
                                                                                                              Holga 120FN                              | Holga 120FN

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     London Patrol, Michael Kirchoff, Los Angeles, CA, USA                     The Naked Cowboy, Alessandra Kim, Paris, France
                          Holga 120S                                                                Holga 120S

                                                                                                                                                                          Nowhere Man, Penny Nannini, Clarksville, TN, USA
                                                                                                                                                                                          Pinhole Polaroid

     Sept 1965 “Whyoming”, Thelma Thaden, Encino, CA, USA            Hasidic men, Williamsburg, Brooklyn, 2007 , Valery Rizzo, Brooklyn, NY, USA

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       HoLLy NortHRop

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