William Arnold: Tin-can Firmament: North 50° 37’ 22′′, West 04° 64′ 34″
Pinhole photograph from paper negative: exposed 30/09/12 to 12/01/13
Archival Pigment Inkjet on Hahnemühle Photorag
[Set of 6 can be purchased for £1800]
‘Tin-can Firmament, is a series of months-long exposure pinhole photographs of the sky presented – in an appropriation of the language of a classic photographic expedition – as a series of semi-fictional astronomical observations. The work plays on the problems of indexicality and the position as both art and science that the photographic medium has held since its inception.
The environment has a hand in the creation of the photographs, as the pinhole camera tins fill with water and rust, lifting the emulsion in places, causing the pock-marks, swirls and strange refractions of light in the final works that are redolent of and come to represent the celestial bodies.’
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