Parent presents lecture on pinhole photography

  • Friday, February 15, 2013

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The Second Monday Lecture Series at Charleston Center for Photography (CCP) is shaking things up with a presentation of pinhole art photography. “Intuition” is the title of works to be shown by Kevin Bruce Parent March 11 at 7 p.m. Shunning what has become the digital photography world, Parent offers his compelling expression of film photography without technology, with natural light penetrating a hole in a light-tight box.

Lest one forgets, the concept of the pinhole camera dates as far back as 400 B.C. In 350 B.C. Aristotle made use of its idea to observe eclipses of the sun. Renaissance painter Johannes Vermeer made use of the pinhole camera to create his masterpieces. Joseph Niepce created the first pinhole photograph in 1827. As for Parent, he finds an inherent, intuitive feeling with pinhole imagery, preferring to rely to a large extent on chance and mystery, instead of the ‘what you see is what you get’ sameness of the viewfinder. Still a confirmed film user, he plans to use film until, as he puts it, “It disappears completely.”

Later, on March 23, Parent will conduct his Craft of Pinhole Photography Workshop at Charleston Center for Photography. The hands-on workshop is open to all persons, regardless of photo experience. Parent describes his workshop as, “A fun photography workshop that covers the basics of constructing hand-made pinhole cameras from common containers, such as oatmeal boxes, storage tins.” By end of the day, students will have constructed their camera and taken black and white photos. They leave with a finished result to hang on the wall at home.

Kevin Parent fell in love with photography in the 1990s. Having used camera formats from 4x5 through 8x10, Parent settled on manufactured and self-made pinhole cameras for the past dozen years. He has exhibited with Carolina Galleries and The Corrigan Gallery in Charleston, as well as The Kiernan Gallery in Lexington, Va. He works as a master picture framer for Joint Base Charleston, and has lived in Mount Pleasant since 1996.

Contact the Charleston Center for Photography at www.ccforp.org or call 843-720-3105 for detailed information.

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