Café Paradiso Pinhole engagement in progress
Sonic Vigil 9 2nd May 2015
Making a Koto: Listening to a meditation on sound " Music for Zen Meditation" by Tony Scott, featuring a Koto, I decided to make one...work in progress
The activity of pinhole photography practice can be as rewarding as the realisation and presentation of the final prints. The time consuming activity, dependent on the intensity and direction of the light in relation to the objective of each photograph, can produce unexpected results.
Simple self made pinhole cameras are loaded with the light sensitive photographic media in a darkroom, taken to the desired location and then placed to capture the selected situation. The exposure time varies from 5-6 minutes in bright sunshine to several hours in indoor areas. The barely discernable, or lack of human presence in the images represents the environment we inhabit, and our effect on it, rather than a visual representation of individuals. 120mm film pinhole cameras, allowing more flexibility are also utilised.
Remaining with the camera during the long exposures allows a thorough examination of the location and its' features, prompting new directions or interpretations. Potentially each photograph I take can become a mini residency.
Contemporary composition by organisation and arrangement of noise and sound using field recordings, found sounds and self made instruments.
Self made instruments assembled from a variety of "everyday" objects and parts, fitted with microphones, physically plucked, bowed or stroked, treated and amplified in live performances or sessions. These are a combination of improvised and semi-arranged pieces, often in groups with other "sound artists"