Just a few words about the upcoming World Wide Pinhole Day on Sunday April 27th. Each day this week and next I am going to post a new pinhole image on my Flickr page using one of my cameras. I plan to use each of the cameras during the next 2 weeks and hope to also make my own…I better get busy.
If you haven’t tried pinhole photography, or even if you have, on Saturday at 11:00 in front of Blue Moon Camera in St Johns, Portland, Oregon, the guru of pinhole, Zeb Andrews, will be giving a short talk and leading a walk down under the St Johns Bridge. He hopes to have some cameras for people to try who have never used a pinhole camera before. I believe there is rain in the forecast but that doesn’t stop us Oregonians. I plan to be there too.
Pinhole photography is about as primitive as you can get. Anything can be made into a pinhole camera. Many of you probably made one in grammar school out of a Quaker Oats box. I didn’t get that luxury. Portland has a large pinhole community, getting larger every day. If you are interested then stop by Blue Moon Camera, no digital here, and browse the pinhole counter and get some expert advice because everyone who works there shoots pinhole. There is also a good video of Zeb at OPB talking about his craft….obsession.
One of the things I love about pinhole photography is that the exposures are long. I have made hour-long exposures and some people set out cameras for months to catch the rising and setting sun and moon. I love making pinhole images in restaurants because I am forced to eat slowly as these exposures are 45 minutes long, on the average. While making landscape images the long exposures force me to really notice my surroundings and appreciate the beauty. Sunday my husband and I walked the Salmon River trail at the foot of Mt Hood and I used my Innova pinhole camera, made by Don Pyle. I will be posting those photos next week.
On the 27th people from all over the world will be heading out to make pinhole images. We will then post our favorites at http://www.pinholeday.org. There you will be able to see work from thousands of different photographers. I know some people from Portland and Seattle heading to Amsterdam for WWPD and if I had known about that sooner I believe I would have joined them. London is having a 3-day festival and that looks to be amazing.
I urge you to give it a try.
(all photos, except the one of the cameras, were made using film and pinhole cameras)
PS: 4-23-2014, I just realized I forgot to include my Vermeer anamorphic 6×17 camera. I just developed my first roll of film from that camera and posted the photo on Flickr, if you are interested.