“When you live with anxiety, the size and noise and crush of the world threatens to overwhelm.”
Photographer Sean Patenaude has always dealt with anxiety by focusing on details; a light, ... some tiles, the curve of a shoelace, reflections in metal. When Patenaude began to photograph again after many years away from the camera, it was in hopes that he could convey to others what the world looked like to him. As he rediscovered my photographic eye, he was drawn back to the old ways of making images with silver and paper, developer and fixer. Creating physical images, things that could be held and felt, objects that occupied physical space – this work began to feel meaningful to him. His photography thus echoes and reflects his own journey – coming into the light from darkness, time, and chemistry.
Sun Sine: Ultra long pinhole exposure of Kew beach during the first Lockdown. Camera was placed in a lifeguard stand while the beach was closed. Exposure time 3 weeks on black and white photo paper in a homemade pinhole camera.
Shelter in(g) Place: Pinhole photo of the artist in his apartment during the first lockdown. Exposure time one month on black and white photo paper in a homemade pinhole camera.