Only The Sunny Hours:
Contemporary Photography with a Brownie 127

Roxana Tohaneanu-Shields

Curated by Cally Trench

Only The Sunny Hours: Contemporary Photography with a Brownie 127

Roxana Tohaneanu-Shields writes: is intrigued by the Brownie 127, firstly as a resistance against digital ubiquity and secondly as an obsession with authenticity. Both tap into the primordial need to make sense of, and affectionately recall, the past.

The Remains of the Day (My English Home) is a montage of three photographs taken on 127 film. The work is presented as a triptych of her white dresses, traces of vegetation and her immediate surroundings; all of these tell a story of memorable desires, the fragility of life and of a courtyard organic geometry. She will create a similar montage of photographs from her other home: Romania.

Brownie 127 photography by Roxana Tohaneanu-Shields

Roxana Tohaneanu-Shields, Remains of the Day (My English Home) (2015)
127 film, montage of three photographs

Brownie 127 photography by Roxana Tohaneanu-Shields

Roxana Tohaneanu-Shields, Remains of the Day (My Romanian Home) (2015)
35mm Jessop 200 film

Brownie 127 photography by Roxana Tohaneanu-Shields

Roxana Tohaneanu-Shields, Remains of the Day (My Romanian Home) (2015)
35mm Jessop 200 film

Brownie 127 photography by Roxana Tohaneanu-Shields

Roxana Tohaneanu-Shields, Remains of the Day (My Romanian Home) (2015)
35mm Jessop 200 film

My first images with the Brownie 127 were with the 127 B&W film. I intended to take many images this summer when I went back to Romania to visit my parents and friends but I left the 127 films behind. My technical frustrations came to the fore when I could not find one single 35mm film to buy in central Bucharest. By chance I came across a 35mm Jessop 200 film in my parentsí house from my previous visits which I adapted to the Brownie 127 and took a whole series of photographs of my father reciting his own poems.

Roxana Tohaneanu-Shields is a Romanian-born artist who lives and works in UK. Currently she is doing a PhD in Philosophy at Reading University. She makes paintings, drawings, photographs, collages, 8mm films, installations and performances. Her most recent exhibitions include Desire Lines, Reading (2015), Searching Always, Bracknell (2013) and a solo photography exhibition, Emergent Light, at the Romanian Cultural Centre, London (2009).

Roxana Tohaneanu-Shields's website

Only The Sunny Hours: Contemporary Photography with a Brownie 127