I said "2012" as if it was a certainty but it was actually 2011. That was the year I set up five pinhole cameras in the window of the New Britain Museum of American Art overlooking Walnut Hill Park. Four and a half years ago.
One of these images was printed on paper for an alternative photography show in New York juried by Christopher James. It was a small 8x10" piece. It looked ok but I was not convinced this was the way to present these long exposures. I also had a light box made and although it was more interesting, the quality wasn't as good as I had hoped.
So, when I say this is the first time I've had these images printed and am very happy with the results-- it's mostly true. It's the first time I've had more than one printed and the first time I'm happy with the results. The aluminum panels are the best physical presentation I've come across.
I did large scale projections before and that was an experience to be immersed
in these light images at 10 feet high.
It's the second day of open studios in New Haven, aka City Wide Open Studios (CWOS.org), and a steady stream of interesting people stopping in with good questions. I'm tired though, still fighting the head cold I've had for a week, and more than a few nights of substandard sleep isn't helping. But the energy it takes to do this I get back x10 from the interest of the people who come through with their own unique perspectives: Young people who've never used a film camera, older people who remember their own experience with oatmeal box pinhole cameras, photographers who "know all about it" but there's actually much more to "it," and fellow artists and friends with encouraging feedback.
All year I'm alone with my work and then I get two days (12 hours) of steady feedback and questions from 100s of people. It's something I look forward to.
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