Ghosts in the Attic

Pinhole photographs. 2009.

Commission for the Edward Jenner Museum, Berkeley.

First impressions of the attics of The Chantry, where Edward Jenner lived and worked from 1785 to 1823, and where he died, were of dark, empty and forgotten spaces, bearing only the physical traces of its past. It became apparent however that a captivating daily performance of light slowly infiltrated and probed each room in turn, for a time animating the darkness. This choreography of light altered gradually over the months as the strength, angle and position of the sun changed, and it was clear that these spaces were very much alive.

The dark spaces frequently required very long exposures; thus physically investigating and capturing the passage of time. Although no image manipulation was used, the results reveal that light created its own particular 'ghosts' in the attic.