SEVEN HOURS is an exhibition of selected works of colour film photography by Cherina Hadley from a 5 week winter pilgrimage along the Camino Francés in Spain.
Pilgrims have walked the ancient paths of the Camino de Santiago (the Way of St James) for over a thousand years. Most pilgrims make the 800km crossing on foot from the French Pyrenees to the city of Santiago de Compostela in the north west of Spain, where it is believed that the martyred body of St James the Apostle is buried. The Camino officially ends on Spain's west coast at Cape Finisterre, considered in ancient times to be 'the edge of the world'.
SEVEN HOURS explores the profoundly solitary experience of making this pilgrimage in winter. It is a time when way-markers can be obscured by snow or heavy fog, pilgrim refuges are often vacant, fields are deserted and rustic Spanish villages appear abandoned.
This work offers a glimpse of some of the in-between moments of such a journey as the pilgrim moves slowly from one place to another: seven hours a day, every day for thirty three days.
The photographs from this series were captured on 35mm colour film using a technique called push processing, producing deliberately grainy images with unique colour contrasts.
EXHIBITION DATES: 11 August - 1 September
Koffie Winkel - 1/222 James St, Northbridge
About the artist
Cherina Hadley is a Perth-based travel and landscape photographer working across both digital and film mediums. Focusing on wild and remote places, she is inspired by storytelling, extraordinary journeys and unexpected beauty. Cherina’s photographs have appeared in publications and exhibitions internationally, and her work has been recognised in the International Color Awards, the Smithsonian Wilderness Photography Awards and the International Black & White Spider Awards. She has a degree in Photomedia and teaches landscape and travel photography courses in Perth, Western Australia.