Slow Light – pinhole photography exhibition

February 2, 2012

I’m exhibiting seven pinhole photos in Cammeray until the end of February.  The venue is the annexe at Cyril’s Framing Studio, 469 Miller St, Cammeray. Not too far from North Sydney. It’s part of a framing business, so open normal business hours – 9am to 4pm, Monday to Friday and 9am to 2pm Saturdays. Closed Sundays.

These photos were made using a small wooden pinhole camera, a device that is about as simple as a camera can be. It has no lens, but rather a pinhole opening that allows only a small amount of light to enter.  This leads to long exposures, typically in the 10 to 90 minute range. The camera has no viewfinder, battery or electronics – I remove the pinhole cover, expose the film and then replace the cover when I think it has received enough light.

There are several reasons why I make photographs with a pinhole camera. It is an easy way to get into long exposures, and I’m fascinated by how differently photography renders the passing of time as compared to how we experience it. There is something dreamlike about the results, which can seem improbable when coming from what is generally thought of as an objective technical device. A pinhole camera also requires the user to give up control over the framing. With experience you can have a general idea of what will be in the frame, however there are almost always surprises, hopefully pleasant ones.

All seven images can also be seen at my website

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