For this exhibition, I made a pinhole camera around a cassette that I designed to take only one s
heet of instant film at a time. Each sheet is loaded inside a dark bag and placed in the camera for shooting. After shooting, the camera is returned into the dark bag and the film is extracted from the cassette. The film is then pressed with a roller for the photo to be developed. I can only rely on my sense of touch for this process and can’t be sure of how the photos would look like until I see the final outcome.
This whole process is not far from my experience during these uncertain times. Though I may not know what will happen in the end of this pandemic, I know that one way or another, the Light has left its mark and it is my hope that its glory will be shown in due time. As with the meaning of the Latin phrase I used for the title of this exhibition, “After darkness, light.”
Kinkan Gallery is pleased to present "Post Tenebras Lux," an exhibition of photographs by David Felix, on view from February 13th to March 7th. David Felix has been showing his photographic works taken with his own pinhole camera. In this exhibition, he will be showing his works taken with a pinhole camera using instant camera film. By moving away from the process that can be easily printed with an instant camera and adding the analog work of a pinhole camera, unpredictable prints will appear. As the number of processes involving the artist increases, it becomes more difficult to reproduce the artist's intentions.
This is an experimental work that takes us back to the time when instant photography, which we take for granted today, was not even named photography yet.
(Kyoko Ota, Kinkan Gallery)
Practicing Patience: The Matchbox Camera
A workshop by David Felix
For more information on the above workshops, please click on Blog below.