Marianne Bjørnmyr is a Norwegian artist, living and working in Bodø, Norway. Marianne previously lived in London where she received her MA in Photography from London College of Communication in 2012. In her practice she works with research based photography, concerned around our perception of the photograph’s approach to reality, where the presentation of the photograph is set up against our understanding, interpretation and generated perception of imagery.
The work ‘Your Penumbra’ examines photography, astronomy and distance. The work is based on a happening in 1880 where the young amateur astronomer Henry Draper was the first to photograph the Orion Nebula after spending decades refining his photographic technique and his self built telescopes. For the first time, the photograph displayed something that could not be seen with the naked eye.
‘Your Penumbra’ presents hand printed photograms: a starry sky, hints of nebulas and empty space. The photograms have been created by placing real star dust onto photographic paper before developing it in the darkroom. The images presents them selves as photographs of stars, and hints towards a disturbing contradiction.