Kate Marlowe   
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"Untitled"
pinhole photograph
© Kate Marlowe 1998
"Not Yet"
pinhole photograph
© Kate Marlowe 1998


Pinhole is a natural system of seeing, a primal experience that captures asubjective reality. It is a way of altering or reconstructing surfacereality in order to investigate deeper into the image by means ofdistorting, elongating, and thickening the image itself and the space aroundit. 

Most of my pinhole photographs are portraits. Long exposure times, rangingfrom 10 seconds to over a minute, creates, for the subjects, a strangepsychology of being watched. That experience transfers into the actualprint and creates an additional sense of defensive awkwardness from thesubjects. This, combined with the inherent darkness that pinhole photographs generate, exposes a darker emotion that reveals both a sense ofvulnerability and watchful malice. 

The process is an organic one. In addition to manipulating light and time,I physically manipulate the materials to give the images incidental butnaturally derived details such as creases, scratches and fingerprints that give each print a history of its own.

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