In 2000 I started working seriously with colour film rather than black-and-white paper negatives to create pinhole images. This allowed me to shoot indoors with exposure times that were several minutes long rather than hours long. The earliest of these images were made in an old villa in Todi Italy. It was too hot to be outside. I sat on the cool tile floors with my camera next to me, watching the sun quietly move through these ancient buildings. I was with my camera obscura inside a camera obscura.
Like all early photography this work explores light and time. Day light spilling into rooms. Whether in a great hall at Versailles or a room in a medieval house, there’s a hypnosis we all experience when contemplating the sun’s warmth as it slowly moves across tiled floors and textured walls. The time it takes to make an image ignores and erases the living, shifting human elements. In these images only the still forms remain.