Shetland Through a Plastic Lens

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Bressay Series: II

The latest exhibition in the Bonhoga Touring Exhibition Programme has now been installed at Sumburgh Airport where it can been seen until June.

Shetland Through a Plastic Lens is a series of photographs by Shetland based photographer Emily Sharp. Working primarily with medium format film Emily’s work is a reaction to the ‘perfection’ of the digital image, with none of her images manipulated in any way.  Inspired by Victorian and early colour photography, she aims to convey feelings, emotions and moods through her photographs.

The pictures in this exhibition were taken in Bressay, Foula and Unst during 2009 and were shot with a ‘Diana’ camera. Using 120 film – producing large negatives – the ‘Diana’ has a lens made entirely of plastic, giving the images a painterly, dream-like quality with characteristic vignetting around the edges.

‘The Diana perfectly compliments the magic of the Shetland landscape’, explains Emily, ‘it creates an atmosphere that is both mystical and alluring’.

‘Diana’ cameras were originally made in the 1960s in Hong Kong and soon became a cult classic among art photographers who were attracted to them because of the unpredictable, unique, low resolution images they produced.

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Photographs are for sale and can be purchased by contacting the gallery on (01595) 745750 or bonhoga@shetlandarts.org

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