May 27, 2008 |

Alternative Focus latest exhibit at Silver Eye Center on So. Side

On display at Silver Eye Center for Photography until June 14 is Alternative Focus, an exhibition featuring pinhole photographs by Jesseca Ferguson of Boston, Massachusetts and Tom Persinger of Pittsburgh.

The pictures are dreamlike multi-layered arrangements where the lengthy process of creating each picture is as important as the final result. Ms. Ferguson and Mr. Persinger offer unique representations of both interior and exterior worlds.

An Artists' Reception will be Saturday, May 31 from 2-4 p.m. Both photographers will be on hand to answer questions and discuss their work. Admission is free and the gallery is at 1015 East Carson Street, South Side.

This collection of photographs was almost entirely created with the simplest of all cameras, the pinhole camera. There is no glass lens, but a lightproof box with a small opening that allows light to enter. This light forms an upside down and reversed image on either film or light-sensitive paper on the opposite side of the box. Exposure times tend to be lengthy because such a small amount of light is admitted through the hole.

The principle of a pinhole camera or camera obscura (darkened room) has been studied and utilized throughout history from ancient China and Greece to the Dutch masters of the 17th century.

Alternative Focus is an attempt to honor the magic, uncertainty and mystery of this early process in contemporary practice.

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