The rain is pouring down in Portland. I can hear it pounding on my windows. The wind causes tree limbs to brush the side of the house. Might as well get up even though it is only 4:00 a.m. It is a common occurrence in my life. I’m a very light sleeper. What to do with the extra time?
I decided to go through some old pinhole photos as I am looking for images I have made that are within 10 miles of my home to submit for Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day that I am attending in Norwich, England. I’m excited as I have a distant relative buried in one of the churchyards. Hope I can find him……he was the mayor in the 1600’s.
While I was searching old files I realized several things when I use my pinhole camera:
- I take a lot of pinhole images in coffee shops and restaurants
- I take a lot of pinhole images of roadside crap
- I have very very few pinhole images within 10 miles of home except those I have taken in my house
- I must get out and find interesting photo ops near my home
But it’s raining. It’s not a drizzle. It’s a downpour. So thought I’d start posting some of these images I have re-dsicovered. There are so many I will need to share them in parts. Here is Part I:
I actually don’t eat in restaurants very often especially now that I have gone vegetarian, but when I do I almost always make a pinhole image. I don’t do it just for the photos but also because the long exposures make me slow down and enjoy the food. Restaurant exposures can vary from a couple of minutes to 45 minutes, as in the Pelican Pub restaurant. Often people stop at my table to ask what I’m doing and when they learn I am exposing a photo they usually jump out of the way. I try to explain the ‘long exposure phenomenon’ and as you can see no person shows up at my table in these images.
The rain hasn’t stopped so now it’s time to make some portraits at home with one of my 4×5 cameras. Rain doesn’t stop those of us who live in the Pacific Northwest. Nor does lack of sleep it seems.
(my restaurant pinhole cameras of choice are : Zero Image, Ondu, Reality So Subtle and Innova. These were all made with Kodak Ektar 100 and scanned on an Epson V700)