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Title:Slow Light
 Slow Light

Katie Cooke is an Edinburgh-based photographer working primarily with pinhole cameras, traditional silver and alternative printing processes.

Since I began pinhole photography I've fallen increasingly in love with it with each sheet of film that I've exposed. The simplicity and slowness captivated me. Using an empty box with no mechanics or lens, my photography is a slow, quiet conversation between camera and subject. From exposure to print, making each image is an act of faith, chemistry, and magic.

My first promising pinhole image was a self-portrait, and I was fascinated by its off-kilter time slip. Working with a tiny hole instead of a lens, individual exposures run into minutes, even hours. Visible or invisible, each exposure contains all the light from that slice of time.

We rarely see or remember people in a split-second capture of those moments between expressions: our impression is built up from watching them and seeing them over time. I became interested in the possibility of taking photographs of that sense of how we think we see someone. Perhaps it's closer to what a portrait painter would do: watch very closely for a long time, and make one image that holds all the important parts, the impression or memory of their face.

Category:Pinhole Photography
Business Owner:Katie Cooke
Date Added:September 03, 2013 12:31:40 PM