Bethany de Forest

Bethany de Forest (1966)

During art school one of Bethany’s main activities was creating settings, which she then photographed. Her objective was to create a “realistic” imaginary world, in which one can supposedly wander around. With an ordinary camera the images remained too distant... But with the pinhole camera she was able to capture this feeling.

Her inspiration stems from objects she may find or materials that appeal to her. Often her ideas contain elements from fairy-tales. The story is neither conventional nor predictable though, the images can be interpreted in many ways.

Being a pinhole photographer Bethany’s view of the world is quite deformed. Her everyday surroundings are looked at with a pinhole eye. Sugar cubes are like bricks and chicken-feet are tree-trunks.