As companies phase out black and white film and papers, focusing the
marketplace on digital, color equipment, Paul Wainwright's hand-crafted,
large format prints evoke a sense of quietness and contemplation. What
was once the mainstay of early photographic masters, he creates limited
edition selenium toned, silver prints from 4 x 5 negatives which may soon
come to be viewed as an "alternative process" in our modern world view.
Wainwright's skilled images demonstrate why dedicated photographers
like himself will not let this mode of photography become a dying art.
I am inspired by the diaries of my great grandfather, who was the
paymaster at a mill in Lawrence, MA, and who predates me by about a
century. I never knew him, but I am fascinated by the differences – and
similarities – of life from that age to the present.
I have discovered that I am drawn to photograph the spaces – mostly
interiors – of the historic structures that surround me here in New
England. I feel a “presence” when I am in these places – not in a
spooky way, but in a mysterious and wonderful realization that life is a
continuum. I am impressed with the textures of these spaces, and the
way that light interacts with them.
My work explores the light and space of these structures, and reflects
the profound emptiness where life once was abundant.