pinhole photos, variable dimensions, max 12 x 10 cm, 2017
Series realised during the art residency at the Camargo Foundation, Cassis, 2017
Series realised during the art residency at the Camargo Foundation, Cassis, 2017. I tried to capture a fugace phenomenon of clouds appearing in the sky with the technique of the pinhole camera which exploits the principle of light and its property of reproducing images in a dark room. A simple cardboard box with a hole through which a strip of light can pass and some photosensitive paper inside it becomes the rudimentary means – an artisanal camera obscura – with which to photograph the phenomenon cloud. The process is purely mechanical and its results empirical: the final image depends on many variables which are impossible to control. It is the sum of everything that has happened during the lengthy exposure time: the angle of the sun changes, a cloud goes by, the intensity of the light abates, the wind move the clouds. It is about imprints in the true sense of the word, which bear witness to the existence of things which leave, proof of what has been, mechanically faithful albeit opaque witnesses of reality.