Cape of Good Hope

A huge boulder lies by the sea, a fragment of granite fallen from the 600 million year old mountain range, the “Twelve Apostles”.

Eroded through millennia to a skull-like form, it appears dormant, extra-terrestrial, ominous.  Such forms in the landscape have always held religious significance. The dawning light suggests that an awakening of the giant may be imminent.

The images have been captured by long exposures with a pinhole, a primitive, timeless form of camera. The 4×5 paper negatives have been enlarged to reveal granularities that are both rock and photographic grain, a meeting of the two extreme scales.


Laura Ellenberger

Photographer in South Africa, studied Fine Art in Sydney, Australia and now based in London.

Works in large format processes: pinhole, cyanotype, tintype, long exposure installations.