6 – 27 July 2019
Dark Ages is a solo exhibition showing a series of nocturnal light drawings made on the Danish island of Bornholm alongside further works made in New Zealand, Bulgaria, the UK, and Zanzibar. A parallel series of works combining paint and light drawing will also be on show.
‘Two years ago I visited the Danish island of Bornholm and made a series of nocturnal light drawings in the landscape along the beautiful and varied coastline. I have been making these long exposure photographs for many years having first started experimenting with the technique as a teenager using black and white film. There is something fascinating about making a photograph over a relatively long time – each exposure takes anything from twenty seconds to two minutes. Whereas a photograph usually represents a frozen moment of time these images are built gradually with the movement of light more as a painting in created from layers of paint. I am physically present within the frame, drawing with handheld lights, although I am not visible as I am not illuminated and am not still for long enough. The resultant images represent a reality, although a reality that would not have been visible to any witness present.’
Kirsten Reynolds, 2019