An exhibition celebrates abstract photography – Art & Hobbies

COLORFUL CREATIONS: Spring Gardens photographer Elaine Vizor’s exhibition explores photography as an abstract art

AN unusual photography exhibition where the exhibits look more like abstract paintings has won praise from one photographer since its presentation last month.

With or Without a Camera is a two-part photography exhibition at the Greenfield Gallery, Newton Aycliffe. It brings together a series of “paintings with light” and innovative works created during the Covid-19 pandemic by Spring Gardens-based photographer Elaine Vizor.

The first part of the exhibition – Black and Light – presents images using long exposure times and the movement of lights at night. It is the culmination of ten years of work. Ms Vizor said: “I visited the Tate Modern in London ten years ago and saw these massive paintings, one in particular had red streams dripping down the canvas and I wondered if I could do that with photography.”

Since then Ms. Vizor has experimented with film and digital cameras using long exposures at night injecting just the right amount of motion to capture the fleeting moments of patterns and movement to create the abstract ‘light paintings’.

The second part of her exhibition, Blue and White, is the result of a 12-week coronavirus challenge Ms Vizor set herself to document the first lockdown using the oldest form of cameraless photography, Cyanotype.

The process, discovered by Sir John Herschel in 1842, uses chemicals and sunlight to produce blue and white images with varying hues and was widely used to reproduce engineering plans during the 19th century. It was also used by botanist and photographer Anna Atkins to create volumes of botanical illustrations.

Ms Vizor added: ‘I had Cyanotype chemicals and resources on hand at home and as we were stuck at home I was able to find corned beef can openers, bits of the handing over my husband and parts of our stove when he dropped out in the eighth week. The exhibition runs until October 27 from Monday to Thursday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Tracey L. Sweeney