Mike McCaw – f300: Scotland in Slow Motion
Possibly the very first Direct Positive Photographic Exhibition in Australia featuring pinhole images produced exclusively on HARMAN DIRECT POSITIVE FB Glossy 8 x 10 silver gelatine photographic paper
Pittenweem Harbour © Mike McCaw
This new exhibition features 21 unique pinhole photographs that express the beauty of the landscape in areas around Fife in Scotland. The exhibition is being held at Gold Street Studios the home of alternative photography in Australia where some of the most important alternative photography practitioners in the world have their works exhibited and represented. These photographers include Tim Rudman, Jerry Spagnoli, Karl Koenig, Bob Kersey, Mike Ware and Liam Lynch amongst others.
Ellie Young, founder of Gold Street Studios, commented, “There is a ‘mysterious beauty’ in pinhole photography that comes from long exposure times, indefinite depth of field and a softness creating a unique and special feel.
“Mike McCaw explored the coastal regions of Scotland using this simple form of photographic image making. There is no viewfinder, batteries, click or buzz, and no mega pixels, just raw beauty captured.
“This body of work is captured on direct positive photographic paper in camera – this means every image is a “one off” silver gelatine photograph - one chance to have the exposure and image perfect. Each 8 inch by 10 inch image in this exhibition is a true reflection on Mike’s skill and deep understanding of pinhole photography.”
For Mike McCaw this exhibition is the result of two separate one-month residencies over a two-year period at the invitation of “The Working Artists Studio Program of Scotland” (WASPS). On the technical side Mike McCaw said, “The images were produced on my homemade 8 x 10 pinhole camera made from the new and the old; the body is carbon fibre, married to an 1890’s 8 x 10 wooden back. The camera has a focal length of 175mm, 87 degree angle of view, and an f300 aperture. The paper was not preflashed, but developed on the day the exposure was taken. The darkroom in all instances is the hotel bathroom using a bicycle tail light as the safelight.”
The exhibition runs from the 3rd December, 2015 to 14th February, 2016 with official opening speeches on the 13th December by Doug Wright, painter and printmaker, former senior lecturer and head of painting, University of Ballarat, who said, “On a recent viewing of the pinhole photographs by Mike McCaw I began to realise that when I was looking at white I discovered black. This phenomenon made me aware that the interplay between the two and the supportive range of intermediary greys sets the stage for closer study. In the absence of colour the senses are challenged differently; the restrained drawing is open for enquiring interpretation, with the viewer’s imagination being challenged and stimulated. This exhibition is well worth serious contemplation.”
Further details of the exhibition and viewing times can be found at:
Mike McCaw: www.pinholian.com
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