The aim of this untitled series is to move into a new and unexplored dreamlike space; to create a hybrid of figure drawing and photography that satisfies my own ideas about framing a human presence while also retaining the authority (or at least the initial illusion) of lens as split-second witness. By combining media, I extend the range of each.
I work with a simple, large-format camera outfitted with an instant film back and a tiny aperture instead of a lens (pinhole). I started this series in 2011, reaching a “first leg” point in 2019, arriving at a cohesive group of nine images. Exposures of two and one half to five minutes allow me to physically apply the light using a high-wattage tungsten bulb whose movement I choreograph over the model and through the space. The light trace is transformed into the tonal structure of the pinhole capture. I then bring the Polaroid-type positives into the digital domain by scanning them, experimenting with various compositions as well as refining light, shadow and details. Working iteratively, resolutions are reached, months, sometimes years later.
Pinhole photographs, archival pigment prints, approx. 16.5” x 21.5” each, c.2011-2019 c. RA Friedman