Unnamed Lake No. 2 (2022)
Pigment Print on Paper
12 in x 12 in
This is a work from my recent exhibition; Perceptible | Imperceptible: Landscapes in Solargraphy, May 11-29, 2022 at Propeller Art Gallery in Toronto, part of the CONTACT photography festival. The image was recorded on the Saugeen Bruce Peninsula with a small pinhole camera Dec-Jan, 2021-2022. Thank you to Lex Barrie for the interesting and well written Article on my exhibition.
For this project, 47 small pinhole cameras were mounted outdoors and left over the winter months. I then collected them at various times, after which the faint silver-based image was scanned and finally printed onto archival paper. All of the collected cameras were hung in the gallery, providing the visitor with a glimpse into the process of making.
Imagery of urban and rural landscapes are recorded through long exposure pinhole photography. Weeks to months of diurnal sunlight and fleeting winter conditions leave their impressions in a silver-gelatine paper emulsion. Unexpected influences of environment, light, colour, space, and time are revealed, providing an opportunity to re-interpret the photographic print.
A multitude of pinhole cameras were left outdoors for extended periods over the winter of 2021, 2022. Imagery from the Saugeen Bruce Peninsula, and Toronto’s Don River Valley are presented. Solar cycles of mid-winter are captured and influenced by a number of visual artefacts from environmental extremes of wind, frost, ice, moisture, and dust. The integration of time, photo-chemistry, and environment converge unpredictably, imbuing an ethereal aesthetic to the final print.
The imagery invites questions of permanence and impermanence; how will these lands change over time under our near permanent sun? Can we find an equilibrium with the natural world that is sustainable?