We have been delighted at Metro to continue our long-standing relationship with internationally acclaimed photographer Tom Hunter, working with him to produce fifty stunning images suitable for outside hanging for his latest project ‘Findings’ which opens in Birmingham later on this month.
Taking his inspiration for the project from various definitions of the word ‘Findings’ (something that has been found; a conclusion reached after examination or investigation; small tools and materials used by an artisan: a jeweller’s findings) Hunter has been exploring and revealing a variety of historical and modern spaces in the city’s historic Jewellery Quarter and Colmore Business District.
Furthermore he has echoed the work of an earlier generation of photographers, known as the Pictorialists, many of whom were based in Birmingham’s Colmore Business District around the turn of the nineteenth century. They experimented with the pinhole cameras and the chemical processes in an effort to lift photography to an art form in which the overall aesthetic effect was more important than the detail.
Hunter worked himself with a simple pinhole camera, using long-exposure times and has produced a beautiful body of work that resonates with that particular aspect of photographic history. Pete James, Curator of Photographic Collections, Library of Birmingham, says of the commission; “Tom Hunter’s decision to combine arcane equipment and modern materials reveals a number of fascinating resonances with the history of photography in Birmingham. The long exposures required by Hunter’s pinhole camera result in impressionistic images saturated with colour and the atmospheric qualities of paintings.”
Metro began the process of producing Hunters’s images by first scanning the 5”x 4” transparencies then working on the digital files that were finally printed onto photographic quality Ilfovinyl
, making it the ideal material to use in outdoor conditions.