New Hazel Park Exhibit Features Unique Film Photographs – The Oakland Press

Visitors to the “Captured on Film” exhibition, which premiered at the Color | Ink Studio & Gallery in Hazel Park on Friday, November 4, will be treated with a style of photography that dates back to ancient history. The show, a new project by Hazel Park photographer Eric Law, runs for seven weeks at the studio, located at 20919 John R Rd.

Eric Law’s photographs have been exhibited in numerous Detroit-area galleries, nationally and internationally, as well as in several private collections. The photographs in the exhibition series are an intimate look at old, abandoned and rusting objects captured on traditional black and white film using a pinhole camera and printed by hand on carbon-based paper. ‘silver.

“I wanted to do something totally different. Each image conveys a wonderful sense of the subject’s personality through individual portraits, as well as in the interactions of multiple objects, as if having conversations,” Law said. “I hope the viewer can have their own interpretation of this conversation.”

Eric Law is an accomplished fine art and commercial photographer. Towards the end of a business career, he discovered a passion for fine art photography and, through extensive personal study, developed his skills and personal vision as a photographer.

Law says, “People see the world in different ways and react to it based on their own personalities and experiences. Instead of trying to capture the world the way others see it, I express my unique point of view. By mastering the tools provided by the camera, I create photographs that portray a personal view of the world and communicate what I see to others. These are the images that captivate me, inspire me and challenge me because they come from a place inside and personal to the photographer.

The concept of pinhole photography dates back to the 5th century BC (Photo courtesy of Eric Law)

The concept of pinhole photography dates back to the 5th century BC when Chinese scholars discovered that light travels in a straight line. A form of pinhole images was noted when the philosopher Mo Ti recorded the formation of an inverted image with a pinhole. Later, Aristotle wrote about pinhole images in the 4th century BC and in the 10th century AD, the Arab physicist and mathematician Alhazen, described the usefulness of a pinhole for viewing solar eclipses without risk to the eyes.

For Law, the pinhole camera is a tool that produces smoother images than today’s digital camera.

“I love working with film and the precision it requires to achieve the desired result. There is no repair later in the computer,” Law said. “A pinhole camera, which has no lens – only a small hole through which light is projected onto the film, is the first form of camera used by photographers. It enhances these portraits by adding a softness unique to the images.I am delighted to be able to share my creative point of view with a totally analog approach.

According to gallery director Candace Law, “Photographs made on film and exhibited with traditional darkroom prints are rare in the age of digital photography and inkjet prints. This exhibition offers a new look at a traditional photographic process and equipment that invites us to rediscover art photography with fresh eyes. The interactions of these objects invite us, as viewers, to enter into each unique conversation. »

An exhibition opening reception will be held at the gallery from 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, November 5. The exhibition will remain on view until December 23 online at or in person most days of the week by appointment.

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