Yesterday was World Wide Pinhole Day and I went out an exposed a roll of film at the Pittock Mansion in Portland. The weather was iffy, but the rain held off while I made my photos. I chose the Vermeer Anamorphic pinhole camera to make 4 distorted images of the mansion. This is only the second roll that I have put through this gem and the learning curve is a bit steep for me as I have never before used a camera that has the film on a curved plane.
After I took my images we went to Nell’s Cafe on NW 20th for a delicious, but noisy breakfast. We’ve eaten there before, but sat outside, and I have to admit that although the food is wonderful, the staff attentive and the decor classy; I probably won’t sit inside again. The volume level is just too high for me. The voices echo and bounce off the walls. We could barely talk to each other. I did make a pinhole image and the waiters were very interested in my Zero Image 6×6 camera(film still in camera) which I had to sit on top of the water bottle because I took the wrong table top tripod with me. Oh well.
Then it was off to the ‘Finding Vivian Maier’ film showing at the Cinema 21 on, what else, NW 21st. There we met up with fellow Portland pinholers and were entertained for almost 90 minutes on this amazing woman’s life. Wow, she was a strange one. I’ve discussed her story here before and don’t want to bore you again with the finding of her stash of negatives and undeveloped film. If you ‘Google’ her name you can learn more, but after seeing the movie I just have more questions. You get the feeling that she was a bit paranoid, certainly a hoarder, a man hater, and maybe an abuser who might have been abused as a child. All her charges said she was weird…..that’s an understatement. The one thing everyone agrees on is that she was a photographic genius. if you get a chance to see the movie, I highly recommend it, but I warn you: you won’t leave with a warm and fuzzy feeling.
After the movie I was talking to another pinhole friend, Donna Stewart, and we are hashing over the idea of an all-women pinhole show for next April, to celebrate WWPD 2015. We will be gathering pinhole photographers from the Portland area to discuss the ‘hows’ and ‘wheres’ to put this together. I’ll keep you posted. Oh, and if you are asking why all women? Because the last pinhole show in Portland was all men. It’s our turn.
(exposures were between 20 and 32 seconds, Ilford delta 100 film, developed at home in Ilfosol 3 for 6 minutes)