I finally know why people are so fascinated with pinhole camera photography. It is a LOT of fun!
ARTspace offered a pinhole camera photography workshop this week, and I signed up. The added bonus is that as all work created during the workshop will be part of an exhibition at the Thames Art Gallery in May.
My first photograph was completely black. My second photograph was almost completely white. Then I just got frustrated and ended up with a few images that were half-baked. I am so used to the immediacy of digital photography and I found it very difficult to adjust my expectations. Near the end of the 3-hour session, however, I started to find my groove. Of course, it was about 9pm at this point, and the light outside was waning.
I firmly believe that there is a solution for everything. There is always a Plan B. What is brightly lit at 9pm, any night of the week? A jewellery store window, of course! With pinhole camera in hand, I stood in front of my favourite jewellery store window for 13.5 minutes. I had actually intended to stand and let the photo 'develop' for 25 minutes, but it is surprisingly unnerving to pretend to look at a jewellery store window for any length of time. Especially at night. It is almost impossible to be inconspicuous. I would make a lousy criminal. I can't even loiter without feeling guilty.
"What's so interesting?"
"What's in the box?"
"What are you doing?"
By 9:15pm, I decided that I would accept whatever image had burned into the photo paper and call it a night. I practically ran back to ARTspace and burst into the darkroom, hoping that I had created something I could at least call "creative". Everyone else had gone home by this point, but the instructor was just as interested as I was to see the result.
My favourite jewellery store has fabulous window displays. This month, there are three large stone Buddhas in the window. I managed to capture a fairly decent image of one of the Buddhas and I am pleased with the result.