artist space michael ryan amsterdam multi exposure
• image code: AS0001
• Artist space – Michael Ryan
• exposure time 2 months
GPS location 52°22’54.6″N 4°53’01.1″E

Ever since I started working with long exposure photography, occasionally I record the atelier of befriended artists. If I leave a camera with them opened for a longer time it wil capture the movement of objects while the artist goes about his or her working day. People are not recorded unless they would sit like a statue for a complete day or longer, so in the end result the artist is not present. Even though it’s a still image, movement is recorded and the result is a poetic, visual document of the time working on a certain subject.

In this case we are looking up at the painters easel of Michael Ryan, a very gifted painter whose work I admire a lot. The camera is attached to the bottom of the easel looking up towards the ceiling. As the easel travels to and from the middle of the atelier it records the lights in the ceiling on a different location each day.

The photograph was taken with Adoc black and white light sensitive photo paper in a self build pinhole camera and left open for ca. 2 days. It was then digitised, color edited and prepared for print. In this particular case I decided to leave the original edges of the paper included in the digital image as it presents us with an authentic feel. That way it’s more connected to myself, cutting the paper, adding it to the camera and taking it out after recording. The process connects me to the artist (space) portrayed.

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