Her name is Emma Prince. She exhibits her images in Bonnieux as part of the Art Secret festival until September 18th. She accompanies them with this text:
Getting back to the very essence of photography.
To time and patience, to chance and to the shortcomings specific to film photography.
When I was studying at the Beaux-Arts, I discovered that it was possible to make your own camera, by drilling a tiny hole in the side of a box hermetic to light. That by applying a photosensitive surface to the opposite side and exposing it to light for several minutes, the inverted image of external reality would form on the paper. At first I didn’t really believe it, and then after several tries with a metal tea canister, I got a picture. I was really fascinated. For me, it was like doing magic.
All my photographs are therefore obtained with a pinhole camera.
The pinhole is an inexhaustible source of creativity.
Chance is entirely part of the process. You never quite master the technique. The image that will come out is always a surprise and from an error can emerge an unexpected image that I would never have imagined. Yet it allows me to create images closer to my emotions. The very long exposure times allow movements, the double appearance of the model, parts of the body that extend, multiply, disintegrate.