Lomographer Pete a.k.a. triscuit blesses his newly-opened LomoHome with a classic analogue experiment on pinhole photography by creating his own pinhole camera. He used the ever-reliable Lomography Color Negative 100 for the first trial.
Although Pete is a newcomer in the Lomography Community, his encounter with film and film cameras goes as far back as 1979, when he was given his first camera -- a Minolta Autopak -- by his father. Over the years he accumulated plenty of cameras, mostly kept in his closet, "The year 2020 was the year when some of those long-neglected cameras were re-discovered."
Now, he's rekindling that passion and relearning how to use his equipment.
"I would call myself almost a complete novice. I keep a notebook where I record things like weather conditions, time of day, camera settings, lens... with the idea that it will help me get a feeling for what works and what doesn't. Of course, I haven't been going anywhere lately, so I have been taking pictures around the neighborhood. All the pinhole scenes are within a couple of miles of my house. I'm a fan of the natural world, so the kinds of subjects that catch my eye are landscapes, trees, plants, water, rock... that sort of thing."
Pete found the Lomography website when he was looking or 110 films, marking the start of his Lomographic journey as he eventually created his LomoHome.
Pete's educational background is in Computer Science, but they have always been keen on exploring their artistic talents.
"One of the things that attract me to photography is that while its foundation is in chemistry, physics, and engineering, you don't have to understand any of that stuff to explore its creative side, lack of talent notwithstanding. Even though I don't have high expectations, I do enjoy the process of making a photograph. The anticipation of what is going to come of it is a big part of the thrill. I have a lot of patience with machines, not so much with people."
Thus, Pete, along with his huge desire for understanding and learning the camera obscura, Pete built his own pinhole camera. He came across Chris Keeney's book, Pinhole Cameras, and was enamored by how a simple mechanical build can already produce art. Pete just had to make one for himself. He made a simple pinhole camera out of a tin case. Pete then loaded the camera with a roll of Lomography Color Negative 100.
"Probably the biggest challenge was finding a way to advance the film. Having an external winding mechanism means introducing another source of light leaks, which I wanted to avoid. There is also the question of figuring out how far to advance the film without overlapping frames or wasting a lot of film. I decided to simply seal up (unsuccessfully) the camera, which means I can only take one picture at a time. Admittedly, not very convenient. I open the camera at night in a dark room and advance by hand. It took me quite a while to get through the whole roll."
Most of the photos were taken at a local coast. The results show the universal signature of pinhole images - dreamy, blurry with light leaks in place. Pete's photographs also show the sprocket holes, giving the photos the extra Lomographic and cinematic look.
"Overall, I was happy with the way the first roll turned out. The photos are nothing spectacular. But they are mine, so naturally, I like them... My next camera is similar but slightly larger and uses paper instead of film. Having never developed film or paper before, I'll have to work on that before I can test it."
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written by cielsan on 2021-08-01