While rolling the dice on Wikipedia I came across a delightful article on the Camera Obscura in San Francisco, overlooking Ocean Beach. It's on the US National Register of Historic Places. This lead me to wonder what other famed large-scale Camera Obscuras, past and present, there were out there...
In my junior year of college, I had a crazy idea for a project for my directed study class. I wanted to create my own view-master reels, and to my surprise a view-master camera not only existed, but was available for purchase. Everything about this camera was a difficult trial and error challenge, but the end results are a one of a kind gem.
Print images onto ordinary paper turned light-sensitive by some almost magical alchemy from the earliest days of photographic history. Salt your paper with ordinary table-salt and sensitize it with silver-nitrate. Contact print large negatives in the sunlight and see the images appear right before your eyes. No darkroom needed.
Since I started pin-holing the world, I have had the strong desire to make a special camera, with the purpose of shooting just one photograph. The purpose was to sacrifice the camera in the process of photo creation – I wanted the camera to become the photograph. To let you understand, the process from the camera to the photograph is the same that ties the baby bird to the egg: the bird grows protected from the shell and when it's ready breaks it and comes out. This is why I decided to create the Pinhegg – An Egg Pinhole Camera.
When I was a student at the Fine Arts Academy in Perugia, I fell in love with stenopeic photography and started gathering every kind of document I could about it and its technical evolution. I asked for some information from my photography teacher, Antonio Todini - He suggested that I search "Pinhole Photography" on the internet and as a way of remembering things said: “Pinhole, it sounds like pinolo (pine nut, in Italian), but with the 'H' after the 'N' and the final 'E'”. Since that moment the little nut planted itself in my mind and grew in the form of a challenge to make my very own pine nut pinhole camera!
Before starting, lift your eyes from this article and look around. You are surrounded by boxes. Real boxes. Also the room is a box, although you still haven't realized it. Houses are big boxes. Bottles, cans, wardrobes and closets, teapots, pumpkins, eggs and... you. Boxes. Everywhere. Now, choose a box. This box will be your new camera.
Costruire una fotocamera a foro stenopeico partendo da un cartoncino di succo di frutta!
Hace unos días alguien lanzó una pregunta en las redes sociales, sobre que marca de escáner es la mejor para digitalizar negativos. Si no tienen uno, esta es una alternativa, mientras deciden que equipo adquirir. Puede ser un proyecto para un fin de semana o para una tarde libre.
The wheel in the sky keeps on turning, but with these simple tips you can keep on rolling to light painting heaven.