September 22, 2023

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Fifty Years with a Digital camera: Pictures by Barry Lobdell | Information

SARANAC LAKE — The Canon Demi, a compact and luxe fifty percent-body 35mm digital camera, strike the 1963 Japanese market for ¥10,800.

For an additional ¥1,000, one particular could purchase the circumstance.

A further ¥300 scored the wrist strap.

In 1968, Barry Lobdell picked up the digicam for $20 in an Ocean Perspective, Virginia pawnshop though on depart from the U.S. Air Force on a pay a visit to to his mom, Nancy.

The Demi’s 50 %-body format authorized him to shoot 72 exposures on a 36 exposure roll of movie.

Lobdell utilized the economical digital camera for quite a few many years, and so began his pictures odyssey showcased in his September exhibition, “Fifty Several years with a Digital camera: Images by Barry Lobdell” at the Adirondack Artists Guild in Saranac Lake.

Opening reception will be from 5 to 8 p.m. on September 2.


Born in Syracuse, Lobdell labored on fishing boats in Ocean Look at as a teen ahead of he joined the U.S. Air Pressure appropriate after superior school.

“Going to faculty was not a custom in my relatives,” he mentioned.

“The service appeared like a great option to me, fool that I was. It was in the course of Vietnam and every thing. But I managed to get via the Vietnam War without having obtaining to go anyplace other than the United States. After I received out of the service, that’s when I got married in the beginning and then went to higher education. Which is when I begun truly acquiring into the pictures seriously.”

In 1972 at SUNY Albany, Lobdell bought his to start with SLR and signed up for a number of courses in which he uncovered the complex facets of conventional darkroom photography and was exposed to criticism and a further comprehension of the art of images.

At Maine Photographic Workshops, he attended a person specified by photographer Eva Rubenstein, which explored “why we just take the photographs we choose.”

“I was hunting via a lot of photography textbooks in individuals times pretty generally, you know, just looking at what excellent pictures were being,” he said.

“I came throughout some of hers, so I acknowledged her name. I was searching through a catalog from the workshop there, and I spotted her title and believed, ‘Oh, very well that would be interesting.’ And, it was. No problem of that. It was a extremely resourceful 7 days. I just appreciated it a great deal, but it’s the only lengthy workshop that I have at any time been to.”

As a self-used photographer, Lobdell shot weddings, portraits, and a extensive assortment of other subjects including a 12–year stint of “novelty souvenir” pictures at Saratoga Race Observe.

In his comprehensive-time job, he was a New York Point out employees growth professional building pictures and online video creation perform for educational and training functions.

“My father-in-legislation was a bigwig in the state,” he claimed.

“So, he managed to get me positioned, and then I had to get some examinations later on to make it legitimate and almost everything. So that is how that took place.”

Lobdell relocated to the Adirondacks in 1996, retired in 2002, and has experienced a camera – three electronic cameras or the ever existing Apple iphone – in hand ever due to the fact.

“I’ve been doing pictures and doing the images that I wanted to do, which is what I’m motivated by every time and where ever I am,” he claimed.

“That can be a lot of unique matters of system. This exhibit sort of proves that I believe. I realized at minimum in the beginning of the yr that I would have a show in September, so I was pondering about what to do. It all of a sudden dawned on me that it was 2022, and it had basically been 50 several years considering the fact that I took my very first training course at SUNY Albany. So alright, let’s do 50 yrs.”


About 50 percent of the shots, generally in black-and-white, spotlight his “street photography” in the first quarter century of his profession.

“Which I outline as candid pictures of persons and items we make meaning of — structures and whatever,” he reported.

“The second component of my occupation, which would be the next 25 yrs, has been mainly landscape. I moved up to the Adirondacks, and there just weren’t as several streets as I’ve been employed to in the previous.”

Lobdell counts the operates in this show between his favorites and all of them are freshly created, no matter if from first negatives and slides or digital documents, according to a push release.

The visuals were being made with a range of cameras, both of those film-primarily based and electronic. Specialized cameras amid his components have been Hasselblad and Noblex panoramic cameras as well as a Fujifilm X100 design, which is modified for infrared taking pictures.

“I experienced it modified so it only shoots infrared pictures,” he said.

“It is employed for different matters. Most people imagine of infrared as a heat-sensitive detail for analyzing structures and stuff, but that is not what I use it for. My use is strictly for the creative result that it creates or will help me make.”

His photography has been featured in exhibitions ranging from Texas to Massachusetts, as effectively as most galleries in and in the vicinity of the Blue Line.

He has taken awards in many competitions, including Greatest of Clearly show at the Lake Placid Center for the Arts, the Gibson Gallery and the NorthWind High-quality Arts Gallery.

51 Works

A good deal has adjusted in the photographic realm above the past 50 years, but the fundamental principles stay the exact.

“There are particular principles to composition, and many others., and so forth., all the typical issues with photography, and creating an eye, producing a sensitivity for hunting at things in terms of obtaining anything that will be an attention-grabbing photograph,” he reported.

Movie stopped a even though ago for Lobdell.

“I really like the flexibility that the electronic gives you,” he explained.

“Working in Photoshop, you use a whole lot of the exact same procedures essentially that I utilized to use in the darkroom like burning and dodging, that sort of things. But you can do it a lot additional exactly with PhotoShop or other plans like that.”

There are 51 works in the exhibit.

“One to grow on,” he reported.