Only The Sunny Hours:
Contemporary Photography with a Brownie 127

Lydia Julien

Curated by Cally Trench

Only The Sunny Hours: Contemporary Photography with a Brownie 127

Lydia Julien has used photographic film exclusively in her practice for many years. She has chosen to remain faithful to 127 film, and to hand-print the photographs in the dark room. Her project is to create a series of photographs of places of personal importance to her. She is revisiting areas where she has lived or worked that are linked with events in her life. While these locations cannot have an identical emotional impact for a viewer, the photographs convey the charge of memory and loss felt by the artist, and, at the same time, document the changing nature of the city and country.

Lydia Julien will show small hand-printed photographs, crowded into a vitrine or display case. Not all the images will be fully visible, but there will be a small guide to the photographs and titles. Viewers will be able to see the texture of the curling photographs against each other.

Brownie 127 photography by Lydia Julien

Lydia Julien, Brick Lane/Royal London (2015)
Black and white 127 film

Brownie 127 photography by Lydia Julien

Lydia Julien, Margate 1 (2015)
Black and white 127 film

Brownie 127 photography by Lydia Julien

Lydia Julien, Margate 2 (2015)
Black and white 127 film

Brownie 127 photography by Lydia Julien

Lydia Julien, Woolwich View 1 (2015)
Black and white 127 film

Lydia Julien writes: My Brownie camera becomes a source of wonder and puzzlement for some people and possibility of recognition. I really love the attention and ostentatiously get it out and wind it on.

Lydia Julien is a London-based visual and performance artist who gained her MA in Fine Art at Central Saint Martins. She often works in sequences or uses durational performances to build narrative based loosely on personal or appropriated experience; using the self as subject, the auto-graphy of her life is exposed. Emotionally attached to the film camera, her work is rooted in analogue processes. Through processing, developing and darkroom printing, her aim is to to emphasize the engagement of materiality and performance in the process of making the image and the work. Recent exhibitions, publications and performances have included Penumbra with VERBureau at APT, London and Re Object at The Tetley, Leeds.

Lydia Julien's website

Only The Sunny Hours: Contemporary Photography with a Brownie 127