I am creating my own interpretation of a coastal environment on the east coast, through the use of a pinhole camera. This large pinhole camera is transported on a trailer to enable me to access more of the landscape. The unwieldy nature of the camera complements the simple technology and lends the work a certain ‘absurdity’. By slowing down the exposure and creating my own light sensitive surface I aim to conjure up some of the ‘magical’ qualities of early photography.
The tangible mud reference weaves together the landscape and the image. Both mud and my camera are immediate and primary sources, enabling me to capture an essence of this place and to become actively involved in the landscape.
By situating myself within the camera, I feel like a ghost listening into life being made. For up to two hours, I observe the exposure taking place. Every image is unique.
During the extended exposure time of the pinhole technique, human figures are generally rendered absent. However people are a key part in the landscape and in my portrait series I have revealed figures that are usually missing, and secured them in separate time capsules.
One of my key areas of research has been the writings of W.G.Sebald, especially in The Rings of Saturn. Sebald moves through the East Anglian landscape, which is closely related to the location of my work. The text alternates between the past and present, exploring traces of past events, relating to melancholy and investigating the relationship between, place, memory and history. I am also interested in the way he uses images, found photographs and traces of presence.
My work deals with memory. It records a moment in time and over time. Particles connect together to construct an image, a build up of history takes place, allowing for a closer interaction with nature to occur. Time keeps going and the landscape continues to alter.
BBC doc – ‘Stop My Stutter’
The BBC followed five people, which included Sarah Webster, to a McGuire Programme course in Birmingham in late 2011. The documentary that resulted was aired on BBC3 in the UK and greatly helped raise awareness of stuttering. You can view in four parts on www.youtube.com or on www.mcguireprogramme.com/media.php
Interview with BBC Radio Norfolk:
Sarah Webster talking about tackling her stutter through help from The McGuire Programme on BBC Radio Norfolk