I recently spent 5 relaxing days at my friend Doris’ cabin along the Salmon River near Mt Hood. We had great weather, although a bit windy on some days, but no rain. Yay! We managed to get out for walks along the river every day stopping to make some pinhole images. I recently bought a new Zero Image pinhole camera as my old one was started to let in unwanted light. I bought one of the models that has the oiled wood and a filter mount. I didn’t try using the filter mount on this trip but will soon. My exposures ran from about 6 seconds to over 10 minutes for the one of me in the lean-to……which is not the cabin we stayed in. I used Kodak Ektar 100 film.
Not only did we manage nice walks every day, but we both read a book every single day…and not little books. Doris and I both love to read English mysteries and historical fiction so we take this time to completely immerse ourselves in the written word. I read “The Lilac Girls”, “The German Girl”, “The Sorbonne Affair”, and two of Doris’ books. The “Lilac Girls” caused me to buy “Ravensbruck” which is the non-fiction story about the women prisoners during WWII who were subjected to horrendous forms of experimental surgeries. If you read either book, you will cry and you will get mad, but I highly recommend all these books.
Now back to photography:
I enjoy using my pinhole cameras and, believe me, I have many. I have different formats, different materials, and different makers. Each one is unique and it depends where I am going and what the conditions are(weather-wise) as to which one I use. I don’t like getting my wood cameras wet so then I use one of my many plastic ones.
I love making pinhole images. Although I have been making them for years I am still sometimes surprised at the results. However, every camera allows me the luxury of enjoying the surroundings while the film exposes. What could be better than time spent in a forest along a river? With all the violence in our cities lately I don’t like to take the peace I find in the forest for granted. Every day on this earth is a blessing.