off my feet



self portrait with crutches
Originally uploaded by heyoka.

I’m going to be mostly offline for the next two weeks, and absent for some time after that, so things will be even quieter here than normal.

My truly rotten hip is taking over large chunks of my life again. I had a third hip replacement in May 2005, and, unfortunately, I’ve recently developed a bone infection. I’ll be going in for surgery on March 28th–the existing replacement has to come out–and I’ll be in for an unknown amount of time after, being treated for the infection. It could be a long haul, or I could be out after a fortnight. There’s no way of knowing yet.

I started pinhole photography when convalescing after my last surgery. It fitted my pace, my slow movement and awkward recovery. Something wonderful grew out of a difficult time, something that has made me rethink every photograph I make. What I thought would be a brief distraction and a few days of entertainment has become the main strand of my art. The past eighteen months of discovery, of exploring the possibilities of pinholery, of playing with ideas and light and time and chemistry have lead to places I never imagined. I’d never have started if I’d not been stuck, off my feet, back then. Who knows where things will lead next.

While I’m away…
For pinhole news, exhibition listings, and other treats, keep your eyes on pinhole.com. Bbookmark photondetector and visit regularly for pinholery, camera hacking, film mischief, and other delights. Get yourself to Pittsburgh at the end of April if you can for the f295 Symposium of Lensless, Alternative, and Adaptive Photographic Processes. But you knew all that anyway.

I can be contacted by email at slowlight at slowlight dot net, but replies might be sporadic.

6 Responses to “off my feet”

  1. Gregg Says:

    Katie, we should start a pinhole artist surgery support group! I wish you well with your sugery and will miss your blog until you return. I suggest you take a a pinhole camera with you. One of the Zero Image roll cameras would be a good choice as they are fairly small and use conventional 35mm or 120mm film that you can process anywhere. In fact, I may have an extra camera in a few days. If you’re interested, let me know and I’ll loan it to you.

  2. Peter Owen Says:

    Hi Katie , I hope all goes well for you with the surgery. We met briefly some time ago in a darkroom in Norwich, I enjoy your blog and have fully embraced the pinhole vision on life. I fully agree with Gregg concerning the Zero Image, beautifully crafted and lovely to use. Good luck and may life treat you kindly.

  3. David Cugnasca Says:

    Katie, I wish you well.
    Health issues are never pleasant.
    I’m sure you will be well taken care of.
    A positive attitude and knowing that this chapter will pass is on the horizon for you.
    I’m glad our roads crossed over the last few months in the Canary Island experience!
    I hope we can keep a dialoge going on together.
    Email anytime to chat about pinhole or just to chat.
    Best. D

  4. Sebastian Says:

    Being new to pinhole stuff Ive learned a lot from your blog and I wish you the best for your surgery and a speedy recovery too. David’s got the right idea, the hard stuff is a memory before you know it. Take good care!

  5. Al Clark Says:

    Best wishes and a speedy recovery Katie! OC @ f295

  6. CALLUM MOFFAT Says:

    KATIE. JUST A NOTE TO HOPE ALL GOES WELL WITH YOUR OP. TAKE IT EASY AND DONT OVERDO THE PINHOLING. WANT YOU AT YOUR BEST FOR MACPINHOLE 3:BY THE SEA IN MAY

    AGAIN
    ALL THE BEST AND A QUICK RECOVERY