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Photos by toy camera enthusiast Paul Callaway on exhibit at the RSC's Cultural Arts Gallery

Photos taken with toy cameras are on exhibit in the Renaud Spirit Center.

An all-new exhibit by photographer Paul Callaway is available for viewing, free, through January 4, 2013, in O’Fallon Cultural Arts Gallery at the Renaud Spirit Center (RSC), 2650 Tri Sports Circle, O’Fallon, Missouri 63368. The color and black and white photos of people and places were taken with inexpensive 35mm and medium-format toy cameras.

“I’ve been shooting lo-fi imagery as a hobby since 2004, and thoroughly enjoy telling a story one exposed frame at a time with various plastic toy cameras,” he notes on his blog, www.toycameracrusader.blogspot.com. “Whether used for fun or art, people are fascinated when I show them the images I’m able to produce from such simple and unsophisticated cameras. For me, this proves that a person doesn’t need the latest digital marvel to take an interesting photograph; only a good eye, a subject, and a camera to capture it with.”

This is the second photo exhibit at the RSC by Callaway, who lives in O’Fallon. In 2008, he was named “Best Emerging Artist” by the Foundry Art Centre, and he continues to exhibit work in juried shows around metro St. Louis. Callaway’s blog includes reviews of toy cameras he’s worked with, such as the Diana +, Holga, Ouyama, and MII-1000.

Gallery admission is free and the exhibit is available for viewing during regular business hours at the RSC: 5 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday -Thursday, 5:15 a.m.-9 p.m. on Fridays, 7 a.m.-7 p.m. on Saturdays, and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on Sundays. For more information, call 636-474-2732 or visit www.renaudspiritcenter.com.

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