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Detail from "Warfield, Va., relic," 2008

Does the camera matter?

2008 mobile phone photo gallery
The Creative Art Exchange show includes recent photos shot with a mobile phone camera. Click photo for a gallery

I'll have another one-man show titled "David Boraks: Photographs" in September and October at Creative Art Exchange, in the old Oak Street mill in Cornelius, including a portfolio of photographs shot with only a mobile phone camera.

The show will run from Sept. 8 to Nov. 1, with a reception on Friday, Sept. 12, from 7-9 p.m. at the gallery, 19725 Oak St., Cornelius. Gallery hours: Weekdays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturdays by appointment. Information: 704-892-7323.

Mobile phone images

The show will explore both documentary and artistic styles of photography. It will include my somewhat unusal current project: a series of photos made with the tiny digital camera in my mobile phone (a Treo Smartphone).

I own other cameras - film and digital, including a high-resolution Nikon digital. But since acquiring my camera-equipped mobile device, I've been taking lots of images. I've experimented with a variety of styles on a camera where the only manual adjustment is for color or black-and-white.

Gary Kerr, of Fine Art Impressions, LLC, is a printing expert and photographer who does most of my digital printing. After working with me on this portfolio of mobile phone camera images, he recalled this anecdote from the great photographer Ansel Adams:

"Every semester a student would corner him and say, 'Now Mr. Adams, which camera did you use?' As if that's the insight to his craft. It isn't."

In these several dozen images, Mr. Kerr said, "The voice is clear. I know it's your stuff. The quality is phenomenal for a photographic image. And then we find out it's shot with a camera phone. ... In the end, does camera gear matter?"

During the exhibit's run, we'll also have a couple of related events: I'll give a gallery talk on Thursday, Sept. 18 at 7 p.m. And I will join the Creative Art Exchange/Children's Arts Project open gallery event on Saturday, Sept. 27, from 1 to 4 p.m., where I'll talk with visitors about the art and technique of my work.

Hope you can come see the show!

P.S. Read the recent DavidsonNews.net report on the merger of Creative Art Exchange and Children's Arts Project.

March Madness on Main Street

2 works selected for calendar

Two photographs from my current photo project have been selected for the 2009 “Images of Hometowns” calendar. The calendar will be sold this fall to help raise money for the HAMMERS emergency home repair program of the Davidson Housing Coalition.

Jurors Christopher Record and Bill Giduz selected a total of 13 works for this year's calendar. It's the third year I'll have work in the annual fund-raising calendar.

“DCPC at Dusk,” and “March Madness on Main Street" (above), will be featured for the months of January and March. An exhibit of all the photos from the 2009 calendar will be on display in November at Davidson Town Hall, with an opening reception Friday, Nov. 7.

Sales of the calendar have not begun. For the latest, check the Davidson Housing Coalition website.


SPRING 2008 page - Art on the Green

Go to my previous page from Spring 2008, with news about my selection for 2008 Art on the Green, a juried art show on the Green in downtown Davidson, N.C.

If you have inquiries about any of the work you saw there or see on the site, email dboraks @ mindspring.com


I'm a free-lance writer and producer, web publisher, photographer, and artist, based in Davidson, North Carolina.

On this website, you'll find samples of my work and more information about me. It's still under construction - check back for more later!

updated Friday 1 August 2008


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