Pinhole Photographs

Pinhole Photography

These images were created using a pinhole camera similar to the historical “Camera Obscura” known to artists dating back to the 15th century. Allowing for the most simplistic form of photography, the pinhole does not use a lens. As a result, limitations otherwise created by optics do not exist. The camera is simply a pinhole in the side of a dark box projecting an upside down and backward image onto the opposing side where a light sensitive material can be affixed. Although reciprocity of modern light gathering mediums creates a formidable hurdle, the pinhole with its limitless “depth-of-field,” provides a remarkable feeling like no other image-making tool.

In this work, the camera has been built using a trailer, providing for its unique size and mobility. The medium used to capture the image is a “direct positive.” It “sees” what the pinhole “sees.” The large size of this particular pinhole matched with this modern light gathering medium and long exposure time combine to form a unique celebration of nature’s subtle movement that modern cameras can’t capture. Each image is original and can not be reproduced due to the long exposure times, ever changing quality of light, environment and lack of a reproducable negative.

These are the largest direct positive pinhole images ever to be made. The process is now a part of photographic history, as the chemicals and paper are no longer manufactured. There is no negative for these prints. Each is one-of-a-kind. There are a few still available for sale. Only serious inquiries please. Prints measure approximately 30 inches x 75 inches.

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