Hand-manipulated photographs focus of Hyden's exhibit 

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By day, professional portrait photographer Sam Hyden's camera captures smiling faces and happy families, with the best takes printed beautifully in vibrant color, most likely to end up hanging proudly on a living room wall.

But, in his free time, Hyden takes photos of whatever catches his fancy, and then attacks the developing images with golf tees and knitting needles.

These hand-manipulated images can be seen in Hyden's "Instant Reveries" exhibit, on display through Sept. 24 at the International Photography Hall of Fame & Museum, 2100 N.E. 52nd.

"Experimenting with a variety of photographic options and techniques provides a welcome balance to working primarily with people," Hyden said, in a press release.

PROCESS
The 30 images on display look like paintings, or perhaps photographs run through Adobe Photoshop's paintbrush filter. Instead, the entire look is achieved via the SX-70 camera, similar to a Polaroid.

Its emulsion process allows photographers to manipulate the image by applying light pressure to the surface of each print with a small tool, like the end of a ballpoint pen, giving each shot a painterly quality. Hyden said he spends anywhere from just a few minutes to more than an hour manipulating his SX-70 prints.

"Sam Hyden's images have a dreamlike quality that is reminiscent of an impressionist painting," said Katie Sutton, IPHF director. "People are amazed to see the technical quality of such a small-scale image."

For more information, call 424-4055 or visit their site. "?Rod Lott

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