Only The Sunny Hours:
Contemporary Photography with a Brownie 127

John McDowall

Curated by Cally Trench

Only The Sunny Hours: Contemporary Photography with a Brownie 127

John McDowall writes: I thought that I would like to take photographs of something that was current to the time that the Brownie 127 was in mass-production, that the photograph made today could have been taken then, producing an a-chronological moment. My project was in a wonderful way anticipated, for the camera I bought on Ebay had a roll of exposed colour film inside. I don’t know how long it had been waiting there but possibly since the 1970s. The photographs were taken on one occasion in a garden, the common feature being red roses. Three show a young boy and, I presume, his father and grandmother, the other, unseen, person is the photographer, the mother perhaps.

John McDowall’s book Of time: fermata will resemble published sheet music, being a sewn pamphlet of 24 pages including cover, 278 x 201 mm, digitally printed on Vanguard 135gsm Ivory in an open edition. The seven photographs will each be on a recto page, opposite these a page of blank stave lines as found in music manuscript pads - an implication of a story in abeyance, indefinite but open to conjecture and imagining. On the last page will be a short text outlining the source of the images. The book will be exhibited in a way that invites its handling and reading.

Brownie 127 photography by John McDowall

p.p. John McDowall, Roses (.../2015)
Colour 127 film
Brownie 127 photography by John McDowall

p.p. John McDowall, Roses (.../2015)
Colour 127 film

John McDowall’s book works reflect diverse manifestations of the bibliographic, and the influence of cinema and experimental writing, encompassing the movement and connections between instances of these. They present an activation of the space from page to page and from book to book, of reading and return to the book. He is currently undertaking PhD research examining the extent to which, and by what means self-reflexive practices in literature may contribute to the exegesis of the medium of artists’ books.

Only The Sunny Hours: Contemporary Photography with a Brownie 127