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Michelle in Shutterbug Magazine

Michelle's website is featured in the November 2009 Shutterbug's Web Profiles section (pg 92) by Joe Farace:


"This month's Reader's Homepage belongs to Michelle Bates, the fairy godmother of the Holga who wrote the definitive book on the subject, Plastic Cameras: Toying with Creativity. If you don't already have a copy of this marvelous book, the first thing you should do when arriving at the site should be to click on its link and buy a copy. Clicking on the large Holga photograph on the splash page takes you to a gallery that contains collections of both Holga and "Other Series" images made with "real" cameras. The "Quirky Holga" collection is filled with the kind of offbeat images that almost define the way most people see the Holga - as a fun house camera - but her monochrome images (don't miss "Fried Doughboys") amp up the fun so much it will make you smile and run out and buy a Holga today.

The "Graphics" collection shows the other side of Holga, the fine art side, with images that are subtle ("Monument, Thailand") and complex (Javitz Center roof") and demonstrate that it's not the tool but the artist who makes the image. In "Urban Oases" Bates takes that concept a bit further with mellifluous photographs that blend nature and nurture to create images that are abstract and realistic at the same time. I loved all the photographs in "Nature Holga," especially "Beach Grass, NJ" that has a definite Solaris (Russian version) feel to it while others have the wistful feel of old glass-plate photographs. The funky and clever site design is by skyhand design (www.skyhand.com)."


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