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detail, The emergence of the population's fascination with 'gently used' objects of the past has contributed to an exponential growth of antique and resale markets. Flea markets, garage sales, antique malls, consignment stores, and architectural salvage outlets can now be found in every community. These locations have become the informal repository for America's history and memories and a veritable treasure chest for individuals and interior decorators searching for the new, the old, and next distinctive style.

As a photographer, I am fascinated not only with the great variety of objects offered, but also with the artistic attributes of these unique materials and displays. The patina of age, the vibrant colors, the juxtaposition of objects, and the vast assemblies of items familiar and foreign all provide the potentials for creating unique and memorable photographic images.

On the following pages, I have attempted to capture the inherent beauty, composition, detail, and distinctiveness of these inimitable objects which are frequently overlooked by the casual shopper.

I hope you enjoy these images a much as the pleasure I gained while capturing them.


About the Author

René Gallet
René Gallet has been actively involved in both the art and the business of photography for over 50 years. As a self-taught photographer and visual artist, Mr. Gallet has participated in and taught numerous workshops and seminars. René's fine art images have been exhibited throughout the United States and Europe in both solo and group gallery presentations. René's portfolio encompasses a wide variety of subject matter, image compositions, and photographic styles, resulting in an impressive body of work, which ranges from the traditional landscape to the strongly abstract image. His striking landscapes and intimately detailed imagery demonstrate an optimal blending of artistic vision and technical control of the demanding photographic process. Mr. Gallet’s work can be found in both private and public photographic collections and many of his images have been featured in numerous artistic, trade, and commercial magazines and publications.

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