Hunterdon Solargraphs – Jeff McConnell

In today’s digital photo rich world, pinhole photography is a bit of an obscure art form. Judging from reactions I get on the street, only about 1 in 5 folks know what pinhole photography is. Solargraphy is pinhole’s even lesser known cousin. However, the results achieved through Solargraphy are no less stunning.

img_1459 Solargraphy is essentially taking a pinhole camera loaded with photo paper and exposing it for a long time. Really long time. A week is probably the minimum, but many are exposed for months. This duration provides an interesting abstraction between the image of the world in front of the camera and traces of the sun as its relative path is changed by our planet’s trip around the sun. Add to that the unique coloration that happens to black and white photo paper over such long exposures, and you have a very unique image. img_2617 Jeff McConnell has scaled solargraphs to a level that I’ve not seen before. His Hunterdon Solargraphs project is ambitious, to say the least. He deployed more than 500 cameras, most of which for a period of 3 months or more. He started their exposures on the Fall equinox in 2015 and continued them through at least the Winter solstice – many for longer. img_9007 The army of cameras were deployed around his native Hunterdon County in New Jersey, mounting them to trees, poles, and other permanent structures. All of them pointed South to make the most of the sun’s journey. The result is a portrait of the place he lives, “but with an unfamiliar face.”

Below are a sampling of Jeff’s comprehensive Hunterdon Solargraphy project for you to enjoy. After taking these in, I invite you to head over to Jeff’s website where he covers more of his Hunterdon project as well as his other great pinhole work. In addition, I’m pleased to announce that Jeff’s work will be featured in the OFF Foto festival, which starts today. If you’re in Europe over the course of the next month, you can see his work along with other ƒ/D featured photographers Joanna Epstein, Jesús Joglar, Stefan Killen, and Viktor Senkov. Spruce Run Reservoir, ©Jeff McConnell, 2016 Spruce Run Reservoir, ©Jeff McConnell, 2016 South Branch Raritan River, ©Jeff McConnell, 2016 South Branch Raritan River, ©Jeff McConnell, 2016 Round Valley Reservoir, ©Jeff McConnell, 2016 Round Valley Reservoir, ©Jeff McConnell, 2016 Readingsburg NJ, ©Jeff McConnell, 2016 Readingsburg NJ, ©Jeff McConnell, 2016 Lebanon Station NJT, ©Jeff McConnell, 2016 Lebanon Station NJT, ©Jeff McConnell, 2016 Ken Lockwood Gorge, ©Jeff McConnell, 2016 Ken Lockwood Gorge, ©Jeff McConnell, 2016 Five and Dime Frenchtown, NJ, ©Jeff McConnell, 2016 Five and Dime Frenchtown, NJ, ©Jeff McConnell, 2016 Barn on Senator Stout, ©Jeff McConnell, 2016 Barn on Senator Stout, ©Jeff McConnell, 2016 99 Days of Sun in High Bridge, ©Jeff McConnell, 2016 99 Days of Sun in High Bridge, ©Jeff McConnell, 2016

2 thoughts on “Hunterdon Solargraphs – Jeff McConnell

  1. Jeff these images are amazing
    You’ve truly captured spirit of place. The are like visiting my parents who lived near you and loved those landscapes. I understand you are in Germany exhibiting your work
    Thanks for opening our eyes. H

    • thank you! so glad you recognize the place… i hope i’ll pass through your town again soon and if i do i hope i get to see you there… <3 j

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