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I first became fascinated by the Bowler hat after seeing my first Rene Magritte show at SF MOMA many years ago.

The entire project took me 5 years to photograph, the images were taken in Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, San Francisco, Portland and Seattle. Many were taken at Huntington Library in Alta Dena, CA.

I used 120 rolls of Kodak Tri-X film in a 1986 Rolleiflex 2.8 GX. The original prints were printed by Lisa at Focus Photo on La Brea in Los Angeles, she used Kodak Ektalure G paper followed by a heavy sepia tone treatment.

The majority of the images are of a single vintage hat, made by John B Stetson in Philadelphia expressly for the Kenney-Kennedy Co in Worcester. Size 7 1/4 Block 542 Depth 5" Finish 27.

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About the Author

Konstantin Golovchinsky
hatpix Los Angeles CA

A decade ago, while undergoing doubts about the direction of my photography, I felt the media onslaught of urban decay, violence, war, pain, homelessness and hopelessness. Outside, on the news, in the movies. The daily supersaturation of these images was even affecting the fine-art sector, infusing art galleries as surely as it was settling in the collective unconscious.

While I am powerless to impact the greater extent of this permeation, I choose not to contribute to it. My design is to produce images that not only exclude the above subjects, but to counter the effect by improving the spaces in which they are intended to be displayed.

The focal point of my current work is to make significant images reflecting historical implications, while paying respectful deference to the masters who came before. Images that reveal more than is seen at first glance, dialogs of nuance, narratives told in a fraction of a second. Most of this work has to do with Scale, macrocosms within microcosms,

Publish Date  January 25, 2010

Dimensions  Small Square  54 pgs   Premium Paper, matte finish

Category  Fine Art Photography

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Xis

Xis says

Very well done! I like the theme of the hat and it makes the photos different.

posted at 01:58pm Mar 30 PST

utanoethlich

utanoethlich says

Interesting subject and great photographs. Every hat tells a story.

posted at 01:52pm Jan 27 PST

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