Regina Valkenborgh

My work relates to our fast advancing technology, I believe that we are ignoring simple beauty and have replaced it with technology which, in its own right, is truly astounding. But having become technological junkies, no longer questioning things, we have forgotten what a photograph is; that it is light which alters the chemicals on light sensitive material. That in fact; it is light itself which we capture. Like our eyes do not actually see objects or people; only the light reflected by them, photography is simply a recovering and printing of the luminous rays emitted by an object, an emanation of the referent. A true trace of the moment. 

Pinhole photography does not have an optical lens; light exposes the paper or film through a tiny ‘pinhole’.  Unlike an optical lens which manipulates and corrects the image, the pinhole captures the image of everything in front of it, free of aberration.  A connection is created between viewer, image and subject as the light touches the subject outside the box and then causes a chemical reaction on the lightsensitive material inside the box.  It links the viewer in the here and now directly with the moment depicted in the there and then. It is raw photography. It is like placing your foot in the sand and leaving a footprint rather than drawing one on paper. The footprint was actually there, it was causal.

My work centres around my desire to understand the image, to capture the moment and hold on to it, before it ceases to be. The long exposures, which are typical of pinhole photography, capture busy places, bustling with people and noise but show a world completely devoid of life. It is a memento mori reminder; that time waits for no one, it heralds our impending demise and forces us to face up to our mortality.