Last week I went to the opening of Resistance: Subverting the Camera at The Fine Art Society.
The exhibition included work by a variety of artists, photographers and experimenters all challenging the meaning of photography and cameras in the modern age. Curated around the notion that everyone is in their own way a photographer these days — whether they shoot a few quick snaps with their digital camera or post a series of photos from Instagram on social networks — the ability to effortlessly record moments in time is unlike it’s ever been.
My favourite pieces included (previously mentioned) Rob and Nick Carter who assembled over 100 diamonds in the shapes of constellations, and then captured the images by exposing the configurations to a single flash of light on light-sensitive paper.
Also noteworthy was the work of Turner Prize nominee, Steven Pippin whose response to the phenomenon of the everyday photographer was to fire a gun straight at the lens of a vintage camera, and to capture the moment before the camera is destroyed. The result is an eerie depiction of somewhere between inside and outside the camera, a photograph and a void.
Lastly, the brilliant works of Chris Bucklow were on display. Somewhat lost in the digital version, these vibrant pieces from his “Guest” series were made by drawing a life size silhouette on a sheet of aluminum foil which is then penetrated with thousands of pinholes that act as the camera’s lens. Using a homemade camera, the artist then exposed the work on photographic paper using direct sunlight, resulting in an ethereal and ephemeral portrait.
The exhibition is on at the Fine Arts Society until the 26th of May and is definitely worth a visit.