Only The Sunny Hours:
Contemporary Photography with a Brownie 127

Philip Lee

Curated by Cally Trench

Only The Sunny Hours: Contemporary Photography with a Brownie 127

Philip Lee writes: I am a performance artist, and live performance is central to my work. For the Brownie 127 project, I wanted to make photographs of landscapes and my naked body. I also wanted to take the photographs by pressing the shutter button myself, and do the work solo. This is a challenge when the Brownie 127 needs the subject to be at least five feet away from the subject and the camera has no timer release facility. I chose to solve the problem by placing a mirror in the landscape. By doing this I included the camera in the image and it is clear how the photograph was taken. My project is to take photographs representing each season. The summer, autumn and winter photographs are shown below. The spring photographs will be taken in other landscapes.

Handling the Brownie 127 reminded me of using my parents’ Box Brownie as a small, shy boy in the 1960s and 1970s. For me it was important to take photographs with the Brownie 127 as I would have taken photographs in the 1960s and 1970s, when there was no opportunity to repeat or improve on the photographs once they had been taken, and I have therefore left the photographs unaltered.

Brownie 127 photography by Philip Lee

Philip Lee, Wheat Field – Summer 2015 – Dagnall
Black and white 127 film

Brownie 127 photography by Philip Lee

Philip Lee, Chalk Pit Lake - Summer 2015 - Pitstone
Black and white 127 film

Brownie 127 photography by Philip Lee

Philip Lee, Monument Drive – Autumn 2015 – Ashridge Estate
Black and white 127 film

Brownie 127 photography by Philip Lee

Philip Lee, The Vale from the Beacon – Autumn 2015 – Ashridge Estate
Black and white 127 film

Brownie 127 photography by Philip Lee

Philip Lee, Ivinghoe Beacon from the Vale - Winter 2016 - Dagnall
Black and white 127 film

Brownie 127 photography by Philip Lee

Philip Lee, Ashridge from the Vale - Winter 2016 - Dagnall
Black and white 127 film

Philip Lee is a performance artist whose naked body is his essential medium; this is reflected in his photographs, films, books and ceramic sculpture. He performs for camera, making photographs and films. His collaborative books of photographs are in the collections of the Tate and the V&A. Films made in collaboration with Cally Trench have been exhibited at OVADA, the 2012 British Ceramics Biennial, and LAB New York (2011). Philip Lee has an MA in Fine Art from Central Saint Martins. His research at the European Ceramics Workshop Centre (EKWC) in The Netherlands in 2014 focused on the overlap of performance and ceramics.

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Only The Sunny Hours: Contemporary Photography with a Brownie 127