“We photographers deal in things that are continually vanishing.”
When Henri Cartier Bresson wrote of the decisive moment – the precise and transitory instant captured in a photograph – he meant to define the medium’s ability to freeze and to isolate the instant that could tell of an epoch. But while Bresson was concerned with the stolen split-second of human experience, solargraphy offers instead a glimpse into a time frame so slow as to be barely perceptible as we rush about our busy lives
Most photographic images are taken in a fraction of a second; solargraphy is the ultimate in slow photography, taking from a few hours to several months to make a single picture. Left this long, the sun leaves an image of its track through the sky, showing its passage each day throughout the season, resulting in the other-worldly solar tracks. Environmental conditions also affect the image, with water, mould, slippage and animal activity all making their mark. But the imperfections are part of the interest. Solargraphs reward careful study. They record the seasons, and remind us of the transient nature of our lives. Like the rings of a tree, they tell a story, about a place and a time and the turning of the Earth.
We have exhibited as invited guest artists at The Old Brickworkshop Gallery, Wellington, 2017 and at the Knapp Ridge Films Office as a part of Taunton Arts Festival 2015.
We have presented workshops and lectured on solargraphy at Obojan and Green Man Festivals.
For more information including lecturing, workshops and how to order prints, please contact us: info at knappridgefilms.com Online gallery and print ordering coming soon.