April 27, 2018 Allen Wallach, Pavlov Agency, Fort Worth, TX

Sink or Swim

"One of the reasons I love our city is Fort Worth’s annual MAIN ST. Fort Worth Arts Festival. Not just because it is our client (and official sponsor of spring fever patio partying…I’m talking to you Bird Café), but because it’s a righteous four days of world-class visual and performing arts. Which brings me to this hand-tinted photograph of a life preserver by Cali Hobgood. I bought it in part because of her intriguing study of simple, everyday objects and the story of her childhood water skiing adventures. " (Wallach).

June 22, 2015 Barbara Wylan Sefton, Slice, Ann Arbor, MI

An Interview with Cali Hobgood

"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" (Sefton).

June 16, 2012 Kelly Christman, Good Old Modern, Milwaukee, WI

Lakefront Festival of Arts

"Cali’s hand-colored black and white photographs capture everyday objects, isolated in a manner which, in Cali’s words: “gives them an iconic nature that moves the images from the everyday to a moment from our lives.” Striking in person, I can attest to the power of Cali’s photographs (especially her large-scale prints, in which the stunning hand-coloring can truly be appreciated). My only complaint, how am I to choose just one? " (Christman).

September 24, 2008 Patricia O'Dell, Mrs. Blandings, Kansas City, Missouri


"Cali Hobgood-Lemme was showing her gripping photos of, well, people’s things. I fell for them instantly and it didn’t hurt that the first one I saw was the stack of white shirts. On her site, she talks about the origin of the piece, how these shirts remind her of her well-dressed father and how his shirts came back from the cleaners folded and pressed in a stack – the cardboard, a treasured prize. I think that is the natural appeal. They are the first sentence of the story that plays in your head the minute you see them" (O'Dell).