|Pinhole photo - Weir Farm / ©Mezzanotte|
"Gained over years spent in the studio, I came to Weir Farm expecting to apply my way of working to the New England landscape. I grew up not far from Weir Farm in Trumbull, Connecticut. In the 1950's, that landscape was essentially this landscape. New England stone walled woods, small farms and apple orchards were my playgrounds as a child. By the mid-1960's these playgrounds had become "the suburbs," as Trumbull gave up its rural character to cookie cutter capes, ranches and split-levels.
When I became seriously dedicated to photography as an art form, it was the medium that captured my imagination. My search was through process. This magic of capturing an exact image on light sensitive metallic salts propelled me on an extraordinary journey of discovery. For over twenty years I have worked exclusively in the studio because it was there that I could control the process and let my imagination direct the journey. The results have been wonderful.
And so I took these results, this method of working, and went to Weir Farm expecting to just plug it in. It didn't happen. I found myself frustrated by the lack of control. I was using a twelve-foot camera obscura to do large pinhole images, but the wind shook the camera during the long time exposures. I wanted to develop the images on site to get a feel for how they looked, as I did in the studio, but it was either too hot or too cold to use my chemicals. I wanted the light to come from a different direction, but the sun was stubborn.
The landscape was not to be had on my terms and so eventually, I accepted its terms and went where it demanded. This work, these soft focused pinhole images, are the results of those demands. They are also, strangely, the images of my memories. They look to me like nothing so much as my mind's eye view of a childhood spent here, in these New England woods."