Within my photographic practice I use predominantly what would be described as alternate processes to create images that I see as a recording of extended periods of time. I use a variety of pinhole cameras - sometimes commercially produced, sometimes homemade, to compress time into an image that the human eye is unable to see by itself.
Where a ‘normal’ photograph is captured in a fraction of a second, my work is captured over anything from a few seconds to several months.
They are shot on traditional film or photographic paper, and I process them myself in home mixed chemistry created from household products.
I have been asked on occasion what type of photographer I am. “Do you shoot landscapes? Portraits? Still life…?”
I guess yes and no. None, and all of the above. I call myself an Opportunist Photographer. If I see something that interests me I’ll point a pinhole at it...
Some of my images are created purely for fun, others could be seen as documentary in their nature. My photographs centre on family and the everyday, local history and nostalgia, and are a mixture of modern c-type prints, traditional silver gelatine darkroom prints, and Cyanotypes.