Bob Clayden & Rose Knight – Suitcase (2019)
Dwell Time present a waiting room exhibition of Bob Clayden and Rose Knight’s pinhole camera portraits which they took on Platform 2 at Huddersfield Railway Station.
For Dwell Time Issue 1 Launch in March 2019, Bob Clayden and Rose Knight used a custom made pinhole camera in a suitcase to photograph sitters on Platform 2 (Penistone Line) at Huddersfield Railway Station. This is long exposure photography, using traditional processing of silver based materials in a darkroom and only a pinhole as a lens. This photography is slow, and as far away from the modern day selfie as possible. To be in the picture you have to stay still for around 10 minutes ‘dwell time’ with anyone moving disappearing into a blur.
Bob Clayden has been turning unusual spaces into pinhole cameras for the last fifteen years. He has used a camera shop, hospital kitchen, Victorian summer house and now a railway carriage. Rose Knight is Yorkshire artist, originally Leeds, and has studied at Leeds College of Art and Fine Art at the University of Derby. She has been working in pinhole photography for two years after developing a fascination in the technique.
Dwell Time is an arts publication of selected contributions reflecting on mental wellbeing produced in collaboration with Penistone Line Partnership and curated by Alice Bradshaw, Vanessa Haley and Lenny Szrama.
Dwell time: The time a train spends at a scheduled stop without moving. Typically, this time is spent boarding or alighting passengers, but it may also be spent waiting for traffic ahead to clear, or idling time in order to get back on schedule.
This exhibition is made possible with a YVAN microgrant and a Penistone Line Partnership microgrant.
Bob Clayden sites.google.com/site/livingeyester
Bob Clayden & Rose Knight www.instagram.com/pinhole_artists
Throughout the Railism collection (2014 – present) there are different series of paintings; some are of curators Shields has worked with, others respond to the environments encountered on train journeys and some are references to other areas of the artists practice.
“The idea to paint on a blank train ticket originated as a portrait of my young nephew and niece. The uncertainty of the ticket’s destination emulated that of the future journeys awaiting my young family members. The relevance of a blank ticket bares different significance to each sitter.”
Waiting for the darkness to end.
Train Studio, 2018
Jessica Longmore and Sarah Sanders
In 2018, Jessica Longmore and Sarah Sanders turned a chance meeting during a commute, into a regular opportunity to make work. On the Friday 17.25 Virgin Train from Stoke-on-Trent to Manchester Piccadilly, Jessica and Sarah left all job talk on the platform and for 35 minutes per week, the train became the studio.
As artists and as friends; swept up by the grind of day-to-day life, both felt the need to pause; to be heard, to be in female company, to feel closeness, to reflect and to create. By consulting various conversation techniques, including guidelines for couples’ counselling, the two artists created a nurturing environment, where both the words and the silences became the work. This image summarises this precious, protected time and the journeys travelled.