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Alyson BelcherThe Body
"My work combines pinhole photography with improvisational performance, and stems from the idea that everything we experience is stored somewhere in our bodies. Movement is one way to access and give visual form to what lies beneath the surface of the skin. The making of this work is an exercise in paying attention and staying present in the body.
Because of the unpredictable nature of pinhole photography, there is no way to really know how an image will turn out. I donít usually begin with a clearly defined idea. The images often reveal stories that may or may not have been known to me previously. That doesnít mean that they arenít my stories. Often the body remembers what the mind has forgotten".
"The pinhole camera is low tech; it is the most basic tool for making a photographic image. There is no lens to interfere with the light as it travels from the subject to the film. Because there is no viewfinder through which to preview the image, itís a relatively blind process.
The element of time in pinhole photography allows something to arise that might never be revealed by modern photographic technology. The long exposure times give me an opportunity to explore the space in front of the camera. I may have the impulse to move, or I may chose to remain stillóalthough the body is never completely still, and even the smallest movements leave traces on the film".
Alyson Belcher (July 2007)