I was originally drawn to pinhole photography by both the image and the process - I work a busy and often stressful job and using a process that requires me to think, concentrate and forget the daily grind was a real attraction. Without realising it, at least until recently, I was immersing myself in “Seijaku”. Other than the excerpt that dragged you into this post, I am not going to try and define Seijaku as I am by no means an expert and will inevitably make errors.
This post is by way of telling you all that I shall be having a small exhibition of my pinhole photographs at the very wonderful Artel Cafe in Norwich - sometime this spring (date to be announced). All the images you see in the post will be on display, with some others that have not yet been shared either online or in print.
This exhibition also marks the coming together of two threads of my pinhole photography. Firstly, the images from Japan are the side of me that wants to make something pretty - with no other real thought behind them apart from me throwing myself into the process of making the image. Conversely, the images from Norwich are all of the aforementioned Artel - and mark my attempt to document the refurbishment and launch of the cafe.
I’m finding that over time I am wishing for my pinhole photography to act as a document, and I personally think it works well as a technique to show the hard work that so many small businesses and craftspeople go through to make your life a little nicer. What links the set of images to be shown, is that aforementioned Japanese aesthetic. Every shot has a degree of tranquility and stillness, even in those cases where Kieran is working to get Artel ready to open.
So, if you’re in Norwich why not pop in to see the prints in person (they will be for sale) and grab a coffee, some food, and take a moment for yourself. You deserve that little moment of stillness before the world catches up with you again. As soon as the date is confirmed I’ll update this post.