Monday, August 6, 2012

Rekindling a Banked Fire: Figurative Pinhole Photos

Between other kinds of figurative experiments, studio work, and much street photography, (much of it still under wraps) was it really over year since I had done any pinhole work? Yes. I had hoped to do the first big multi-figure pinhole project last September or November at the latest, but things got delayed in terms of getting a space. With the big shoot coming up Sept. 17th at the Rotunda in Philadelphia, I didn’t want to re-start cold. I knew I should not only shake down the equipment and materials, but also get back in the groove and reconnect; align this process with my current ideas and vision.

I had two models work with me in the last three weeks. I continue to keep the camera spiked in the same position, being careful not to disturb it, so that all the shots are from an identical station point, allowing me to combine images. For the moment, I have in process, the two pieces here, that, if they are like the last batch, will take weeks into months to resolve to my satisfaction, although I can already tell they will go faster due to the learning curve. I will proof print, work and rework them until I feel they are “there.” These two photos were done on 4x5 3000 ISO Fuji Instant film, which, unfortunately, is now out of production. I have thirty sheets remaining for the Fringe shoot, but I hope I can find another box or two for sale at reasonable price. Luckily, the smaller format 3000 speed film is still around and combining smaller format shots with these is a distinct possibility. 

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