"In this issue, we feature fine art photographer and guest artist Cali Hobgood, of Urbana, Illinois, who will bring her hand-colored black and white photographs to the Ann Arbor Street Art Fair, The Original, on July 15-18, 2015. Cali shoots with film, prints in a traditional wet darkroom, and then paints the images with oils. Her work captures the simplicity of iconic objects − from umbrellas and typewriters to dresses and sprinklers − each object isolated and familiar. All of Cali’s signed and numbered images are produced in editions from five to 250. Between the process of printing the negative individually and then hand-coloring the photograph, each piece in an edition is unique. Cali is represented in public and private collections, galleries and museums, and at outdoor art festivals throughout the country. When she’s not working, you can find her adventuring, preferably with a paddleboard or kayak; relaxing and reading, preferably in a hammock; and spending time with her 19-year-old son Stirling. Cali lives in Urbana, Illinois." (read the rest of the interview at Slice: Ann Arbor)
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Cali Hobgood is an award-winning, widely collected artist and is represented in public and private collections, galleries and museums around the country. Cali studied photography at the University of Illinois and lives in Urbana, Illinois. She's been the proprietor of her art photography business since 1986. 2011 is her nineteenth year exhibiting at the nation's outdoor art festivals.
Cali's images are hand-colored black and white photographs, which she prints in a silver-process darkroom and then paints with oils. Her techniques in shooting film and hand-coloring the photograph, combined with her high-contrast printing style, produce gorgeous tones and textures in ideal union with her compelling subject matter. Between the variability of printing the negative individually and then hand-coloring the photograph, each piece in an edition is unique. The signed and numbered images are produced in editions from five to five hundred. Both framed and unframed pieces are available for sale.
"Right now I think my pieces have the essence of a stage set - I can control the subject with my camera and make it more of what it is. Isolating these everyday items gives them an iconic nature that moves the images from the everyday to a moment from our lives."
Recognized as exceptional in the world of American photography, Cali's pieces will have a lifetime of generations when displayed under normal conditions. Avoid direct sunlight and excessive heat, and enjoy!
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