In ‘Lost time accidents’, I followed Brian Dillon on his journey on photographing the landscape of Dungeness. From the Pilot Inn, he described the power stations as objects washed out by the mist, like a overexposed photograph hovering over the horizon. The houses have a sens e of impermanence and seem unstable – their motion could be captured by long exposure. The borders between plots indistinguishable, occasionally marked with ‘keep out signs’ indicating a ghosted property. Dillon describes the space as an inertia – its gravelled surface intended to slow a potential escapee – giving a sense to stretched out duration of stay which can be manipulated by the camera. I quickened my pace, paused and slowed down with Dillon as he traversed the landscape.
I am also reading ‘Place, Art, and Self’ to understand the notion of the human attachment to place, the meaning of home to various stakeholders -what attracts people to stay and leave, and for how long.
My conceptual drawing of flipping planes of perspectives and time suggests a 3D device of capturing the dynamics of time and space. The notion of stretching out, compressing, and pausing time intrigue me. Therefore, I am experimenting with cameraless photography as well as digital photography to apply in Dungeness. Techniques include photograms, solargraphs, pinhole camera and films will developed in a self-built darkroom. It’s flipping frustrating that the Fine Arts Department of the university do not grant access to architecture students to use their darkroom. I will be placing several cameras around Dungeness to capture the occupation of the landscape by people, activities, weather over multiple sets of exposure time. Analogue photography is great to reveal the unseen and glitches of reality. Whereas camera lens give a distorted translation of reality. Both techniques will be practiced and compared.
I am improvising Thomas Hudson Reeve’s pinhole photography to capture fleeting/frozen moments on folded and distorted planes. Number of folds and angles may relate to frequency/intensity of events.
Also 360 degrees pinhole photography by Jan Kapoor.
Still waiting for my photographic paper to arrive through post and will be doing some fun experiments this weekend! And am visiting the Wonderlab at Science Museum and Ed’s suggested Jean Prouve demountable house exhibition.