As part of the Professional Development Award I received last year through the OVADA Seven Counties Open I was offered the opportunity to present new work at the The Old Fire Station Gallery. The new exhibition ‘Accord’ opens on Friday 23rd February 2018 and will present an going experimental project conceived in preparation for this exhibition. The work is called ‘The speed of light, the speed of me’ and explores my daily commute to work in relation to the time it takes light to travel from the surface of the Sun to the surface of the Earth.
Through this new experimental work ‘The speed of light, the speed of me’ I have taken the opportunity to play with photography’s ability to distort time and scale and make the familiar, something other. Through exploring the connections between the playful creativity of art making and the structures and values of universal constants I attempt to orientate the scale of my own existence in relation to the vastness of our globalised world.
Working with some of the earliest photographic processes, cyanotypes (sun prints) and pinhole cameras and combining them with the latest in digital technology, I am exploring conceptual ideas of time and scale through the material behaviour of the captured images. From the fleeting existence of the solargraph, to digital captures with handheld exposures of more than 8 minutes, these works are as much performance as they are image.
Top: 51.666385, -1.286916 : 493s handheld digital capture
Middle: 51.672016, -1.280321 : 493s handheld digital capture
Bottom: 51.688775, -1.248651 : 493s handheld digital capture