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Tim Macmillan talks about the origins and role of the Time-Slice camera in his artwork

MICHAEL MAZIERE
Tim Macmillan talks about the origins and role of the Time-Slice camera in his artwork

Michael Maziere -Could you tell me what led you to invent the Time-Slice camera? What was your motivation?
Tim Macmillan - I was a second-year painting student at Bath Academy doing large-scale landscapes and portraits in oils. One of my earlier influences was Simon Read and his anamorphic pictures. I’d reached that point with paint where it didn’t feel relevant, I couldn’t see how it had anything to do with contemporary life. I gate crashed a workshop being given by one of the graphics tutors on photographic papermaking. He was teaching Fox Talbot’s process using silver and salt. Up to that point, I’d never had a camera, I hadn’t been at all concerned with photography. So, it was a journey into photography that started with something very physical in the sense that I was making the medium itself and as a painter that appealed to me very much.