Since childhood, Donald Tainsh has been fascinated by the action of light, time and a little chemistry. In recent years his fascination has turned to pinhole photography, creating images from commercial, adapted and myriad homemade cameras. What Donald seeks from a pinhole camera is a serendipitous softness in which light and time create images otherwise unseen by the naked eye.
Donald is exhibiting a selection of images from his Timescapes series, an ongoing long-term project taking the pinhole camera on excursion through place. The passage of light through a pinhole aperture takes time to form a latent image on the light-sensitive medium within the camera. Rather than mount the camera in a fixed position, in Timescapes a pinhole-adapted 35mm film camera is mounted on a bicycle and operated remotely by cable release. The resulting images tell of a journey through time and space, memories of what once was ‘now’, now blurred by time past.