Innards:  A Portfolio

Innards: A Portfolio

This ongoing portfolio contains finished pieces not works in progress.  It is my examination of the landscape surrounding me whether urban or in nature with long exposures and the pinhole camera and film.   The landscape as subject is something I have wanted to investigate for a long time.  It seemed right to use  a pinhole rather than a lens and film rather than digital.  I did not want to make the landscape in the grand tradition (mostly male) that exists in the history of photography.  Those images are almost always perfectly exposed and in black and white or beautiful color.  Control is the key word in those images. And control is something I have never valued while making art.   The landscape for me is more about memory, time passing and light. Exposure times in my images which range from 30 minutes to  several hours  document both the light and the feeling of place. Time slows down during the long exposures.  There is nothing to do but watch the scene unfold as the camera records  the light.  Making an image of the landscape is a treat, a tease, full of wind and rain and impatience and acute awareness and  yes even misery.  I am never quite certain when to close the shutter and will even say things like,”I will close it when that ship has passed”.  The pinhole is forgiving and soft and quiet in the way it creates the image.  The camera  is not at all  mechanical.  No gears. No batteries.  Just a film holder, a tripod and a wooden box with a little hole poked into the front. Long exposures on color film are lenient and even kind.  I have not yet tired of the look.  I love that time passing is recorded in various ways:  big waves slapping the shore are smoothed out, cars often do not show up even with the lights on, trees bend and sway and become blurs. People seem to peer through mists, faded.

I have named this portfolio Innards.  I have always liked the word and considering a title, that word kept  coming to mind.  Innards are a part of our bodies that we rarely talk about:  our guts-the spleen, the appendix, the gizzard if we had one.   Innards reflect those things we cannot see, the underside of our bodies and minds.  And these landscapes reflect that too.  They evoke mystery and danger, a kind of sadness.  I hope that you will look at them in spite of that fact.  Because they also evoke beauty and light and a kind of surrender to the environment.