Pinhole

Pinhole

Today we’ve been making pictures again. Playing with a digital pinhole camera that we fixed up by taking the lens off the SLR, adding a bit of black wrap foil and a tiny hole.

It’s been a break through – adding another low-fi element to our toolbox. The hazy photos seem to add a helpful layer to our visual interpretation of the story… playing a little with the sharpness of reality accentuates the atmosphere of the cityscapes scenes we’re creating.

This lead to lots of test shots – experimentation with numbers of holes in the “lens”– which adds a shadowy double exposure quality to the pictures, playing with different sizes of hole, and different gels to add a colour element to the images. It will be interesting crafting a flow and variety between the images in order to create a whole.

It’s good to be hands on again after a period of discussion figuring out the shape of the project. We had such multiple ideas for the outcome of the project, getting back to basics and getting excited about the image making again allows the work to take the fore and hopefully the form of the exhibition will bubble up from that.

[This post was written by Becky, but technology defeated us both, so it ended up being posted by Ben, eventually.]

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Story

Planning

More talking today.

After a fuzzy meeting in the morning, our heads weren’t quite in the right place to focus when we got up to the studio. So we left the building, walked across the park to a cafe, and encountered a moment of clarity. And some goslings.

Suddenly the multiple strands of the project began to make sense together – and began to look like coherent layers of connected work. And, fingers crossed, it feels like that work might be both playful and strong.

Homework for the weekend – writing the story of the project, so that we can tell it in a way that other people “get” it. Keep watching this space, to find out how we do…

Tangle

Tangletape

Today Becky and I were back in the studio to continue the development of the project.

We shared some exciting bits of homework which we’ve each been working on since December.

Including this tangle of paper tape.

We also did lots of talking: there’s some decisions to make before we get back into a phase of intensive making, so we tangled ourselves in different ideas and discussed possible directions.

A productive day, but more to interrogate (and untangle) tomorrow…