Curator William Cobbing has selected artist Martin Newth’s work Arthur’s Stone to be the lead image for the forthcoming exhibition The Stone of Folly. Describing how, and why, he came to create this work, Newth says:
“It is just a large cardboard box, but it has a very large lens on the front (a process lens) which is very bright and very sharp so I can get a lot of detail – the texture of the rock etc. Instead of using photographic film I pin (hence the pin shadows) sheets of normal colour (c-type) photographic paper inside the box. The exposures are quite short – about 20-30 seconds. The red is due to the filters I use, which are designed to make the exposure (base colour ‘temperature’) reasonably constant – the principle being that I could make positives from them. I’m not going to. Instead I am showing the actual negative image that was made there. For me this relates to ideas about the material nature of photography and allows some echo of the process and, compared to the way photographs might normally be viewed, slows down the reading of the image.”
Here’s some images of the camera and Martin creating the work a couple of weeks ago.