WorldWide Pinhole Photography Day Featured Artists | Kath Kreisher & Rebecca Rome

MAIN GALLERY: 4.27.08 – 5.10.08


Click for event photos…by TJ Rollins


As a unique celebration of WWPD, FREE bus rides on the oh so unique Bus Obscura will be available on a first come first serve basis only on Sunday, April 27, 12pm-3pm. The Bus Obscura is a passenger bus converted to a multiple aperture camera obscura using a rear projection technique that allows the individual images to flow into one another. As the bus moves down the street a 360 degree animated panorama is created inside.

Passengers sit in the seats as usual but instead of looking out on the real scene as it passes by, they see a real time projection of the same scene. The exterior view from the bus is projected onto the interior of the bus and the individual apertures create images that merge into each other and create a real time animated projection of the world outside. The bus becomes the camera and the projector and the audience sits inside.

Bus Obscura’s reinforces the cinematic quality of the piece. Sound artists Colleen Burke and Walter Sipser have made soundtracks for each city the bus has visited. Because the bus is being realized in different cities and environments with different images, light, ambience and history, a new soundtrack is made for each venue.

Kath Kreisher’s images begin with photography. Over several decades of art-making, she has altered photographs of herself and her personal environment by employing the distorting effects of handmade cameras, linking pictures through direct collage, painting on the surface of finished photographs, transforming them as photo-etchings, and eventually feeding them to the computer.

Current images about one’s unstable sense of self in an unpredictable world are driven by archetypal images derived from dreams. She begins with pinhole photographs, because they extend the serendipitous nature of the photographic medium, supplying her with pictures that seem to come directly from the subconscious, the source of dreams.

The original pictures for the “Contemplating Peace” diptychs are made outdoors through very long exposures in a large cardboard pinhole camera that holds 11×14″ fiber base photographic paper. After development, she generously alters some of the paper negatives by drawing or painting on them. Then Kreisher scans the painted pinhole photographs to her computer for further manipulation in where the files are stacked in a tight diptych format creating tall extended frame digital prints. Between frames comparisons can be made, narratives invented, real and imagined worlds linked.

  Image courtesy of Rebecca Rome

Image courtesy of Rebecca Rome

Rebecca Rome is a photographer and visual artist whose work centers around startlingly honest and autobiographical self-portraits. These images also display her undeniable mastery of pinhole photography and Polaroid-based techniques. Rebecca’s unique artistic vision is the result of a lifetime of immersion in, and dedication to nature. She has lived, worked, and photographed in settings as varied as New England, California, Hawaii, Nova Scotia, and New Zealand.

Looking at these pictures, the viewer can see that they are about many things: the impermanence of nature, the assertion and negation of self, the artist’s role as a woman and as a human being in a world that is often violent and binding. They speak of fear, submission, and overwhelming exhaustion. They embody sexuality and death: the relent of self-possession. These pictures not only describe the ephemeral self and the unstable experience thereof, but also capture a fugitive landscape. Rebecca has also found that the photographs spark her memory of the profound ability for a human being to simultaneously sustain both overwhelming sorrow and joy. The experience of the sublime amidst the instability of the ever-shifting, conflicted, all-encompassing chaos of the internal self.