Pinholes & Pin Ups by Leigh Ryan & Hana HaleyMay 7th - 29th, 2010
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About Hana Haley
Hana Haley was born in Portland Oregon in the 1990’s. Opting for a 35mm camera and a 1992 Polaroid camera, her analog photography is used as a diary and storyboard. She practices a variety of amateur photography but focuses on portraits and experimental manipulation. She currently lives in Estacada, Oregon and studies Theatre Arts at MHCC.
For the past two years my life has been split between the Pacific Northwest and the sunburnt hills of central California, all while my cameras followed. The collection of photographs presented here are memories of the past two years as I remember them in my eyes, a time in my life where imagination, exploration, sunlight and color seemed necessary to function. My photographs are, in essence, my daydreams—a place where my friends and I could live under the coral sun for an afternoon, eternally. This isn’t a hobby and it isn’t a career, it is an instinct. I photograph with a story written in mind, a narrative I couldn’t tell with any written words, but one people could understand and believe for themselves. My hope is that the piece will fuel an imagination, just as the people photographed in front of me had once ignited my own.
About Leigh Ryan
Leigh Ryan hails from a small pilgrim village in Massachusetts. He is the son of a scrap metal sculptor and an abstract painter. He has a fairly normal sister who lives a fancy life in NYC. Apart from toying with rickety old pinhole cameras, he loves to build bicycles and surf. He aspires to live in a van and build his career as a photographer.
“There is a fifth dimension
beyond which is known to man
it is a dimension as vast and timeless as infinity
it is a middle ground between light and shadow
between science and superstition
and it lies between the the pit of mans fears
and the summit of his knowledge
this is the dimension of the imagination
and it is an area which we will call
The Twilight Zone.”
It is a natural phenomenon that a small hole will gather light and shoot it out the other side. This simple fact is what makes all of photography possible A physicist could tell you how this happens, nobody can tell you why. My camera is simply a small wooden box on the other side of that pinhole. This work is about light passing through a pinhole traveling through the dark void that is my camera and being recorded on film. A simple process with strange results. Sometimes I imagine that with my camera I control the power of a black hole. Stealing strange worlds for display. Within the void of my camera lies the twilight zone.
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