I am obsessed with themes of ephemerality, and biology, consequences of both my art and scientific trainings and curious nature. My way of working is very experiential. While I am out in the woods, I am inspired by the feeling of the place, both literally and figuratively, leading me to cover my body in moss, or plunge into the sea. A merging of the self with the memory of the landscape and its biology, a synergy of time, place, and being.
I work with the pinhole camera because of its capacity to share this synergy. Moving the shim across the pinhole to allow the light in, for the moment (seconds, minutes, or hours) to record on the film, has become ritual. Metamorphosis is a frequent consequence of the process, with unexpected forms slowly emerging and un/becoming. A measure of existence, a rhythm with the Earth’s breath, a communion with the crust of dead leaves and soil that give life and shape to my imagination and being.
These images were created in camera with one negative exposed using a large format pinhole camera and untitled. Each image is printed in a limited edition of ten: the black and white images printed as archival toned silver gelatin prints, and the color images printed as archival pigment prints.
–DM Witman dmwitman.com