Black and White Collectors Print - Orbit 19991016-01

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Black and White Collectors Print - Orbit 19991016-01


The Orbit Series was created with a hand-made pinhole camera using 4x5 inch black and white film.

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The Orbit Series was created with a hand-made pinhole camera using 4x5 inch black and white film. Working in an entirely blackened room, I place several candles on a turntable, sometimes inside cut-glass vases, and expose these turning candles on a single sheet of film from one to four hours. Different exposures are made on the same piece of film after either changing the pattern of candles on the turntable or changing the position of the camera. The final image is not a montage of several different images, but rather a unique performance resulting in the accumulation of all positions recorded on one piece of film. The negative is thus solarised during development. This is entirely an analog process, no Photoshop was used in any of these photographs. I consider the exposure itself to be a performance using a single sheet of film. It is a very zen procedure usually done during the night. 

This series is inspired by my interest in astrophysics and cosmology. The prints for each image are made on either silver chlorobromide baryta fibre based paper or photo sensitised linen using a lithographic developer which yields its unique colour and granularity due to the fibres of the paper being revealed in the surface image itself.
30x40cm (12x16")
Edition of 20
About Robert Mann
In 1989, with an international reputation in photography and photographic printing, Robert moved to Paris France where he now resides. Robert has published several photographic processes and his darkroom is on the cover of the renowned book “The New Darkroom Handbook” and featured inside. He currently uses pinhole cameras exclusively to achieve his ethereal images and continues to print privately for a select group of photographers while producing his own works for gallery and museum exhibitions. Recently Robert has been working with Brad Pitt, first producing his story of Angelina Jolie for W Magazine and continues printing Pitt's massive archive of negatives. Pitt has thus become a collector of Mann’s work purchasing eleven prints from the “Orbit Series” and “Flower Series”.