An unusual photography exhibition where the exhibits are more like abstract paintings has been praised by a photographer since his exhibition last month.
With or Without a Camera is a two-part photography exhibition at the Greenfield Gallery, Newton Aycliffe. It brings together a series of “painting with light” and innovative works created during the Covid-19 pandemic by Spring Gardens-based photographer Elaine Vizor.
The first part of the exhibition – Black and Light – presents images using long exposure times and the movement of lights at night. It is the culmination of ten years of work. Ms Vizor said: “I visited Tate Modern in London ten years ago and saw these massive paintings, one in particular had red streams running down the canvas and wondered if I could do it with photography. “
Since then, Ms. Vizor has experimented with film and digital cameras using long exposures at night injecting just the right amount of movement to capture the short-lived moments of patterns and movement to create the abstract “light paintings”.
The second part of her exhibit, Blue and White, is the result of a 12-week coronavirus challenge, Ms Vizor set out to document the first lockdown using the oldest form of camera-less photography , the cyanotype.
The process, discovered by Sir John Herschel in 1842, uses chemicals and sunlight to produce blue and white images with varying hues and was widely used to reproduce engineering blueprints in the 19th century. It was also used by botanist and photographer Anna Atkins to create volumes of botanical illustrations.
Ms. Vizor added, “I had Cyanotype chemicals and resources handy at home and as we were stuck at home I was able to find corned beef can openers, pieces of the shed. from my husband and parts from our stove when he gave up in the eighth week. The exhibition runs until October 27 from Monday to Thursday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.