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1 August 2020

Saturday matinees long ago let us escape from the ordinary world to the island of the Swiss Family Robinson or the mutinous decks of the Bounty. Why not, we thought, escape the usual fare here with Saturday matinees of our favorite photography films?

So we're pleased to present the 355th in our series of Saturday matinees today: The Painter's Revenge.

This 1:20 video is not really titled The Painter's Revenge. It's called Retro Camera. But we are not just exercising our God-given right to be silly once in a while. We're also exercising our poetic license.

It is, after all, a time-lapse video of a painter decorating a T-shirt with the trompe l'oeil of a Rolleiflex hanging around the wearer's neck. Talk about silly.

But painters have been taking it on the chin from photographers since the 19th century. So this "hang this around your neck" rebuttal struck us as fitting revenge. The painted Rolleiflex can't make pictures any more than a photographer, you might say. If you were a painter.

The painter is Andreea Badragan, a Bucharest ceramist. And the time-lapse was photographed by RGB Photography.

We worked up a little Romanian translation of Badragan's site. Along with her studies in fine art, she studied psychology and computer science. And pursued a master's degree. She says she has some work experience in human resources, online advertising and management, too.

I always keep my husband, cat, music and coffee close by. I work a lot, I sleep a little, I laugh even more, I have a somewhat out-of-place and not-very-feminine sense of humor, I love people, books, tattoos, movement, simple things and I don't want to be an incomprehensible artist.

We spent a little time wondering about the time lapse technique. It seems to be a compilation of stills. They seem to be taken at such short intervals that they give you a sense of movement.

Anyway, we enjoyed it. And considering the difficulty of finding over a minute of joy these days, we thought we'd share it with you.

And thank Badragan and her friends at RGB Photography.

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