I was reading Photo Life Magazine and there was an article by Jenny Montgomery about Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day. I decided to participate using my Pinhole Can Screen & Camera Obscura Boxes (link).
I created a number of these boxes when I was teaching the Media Literacy classes. I have more time to use the boxes now that I am retired. Some boxes are more effective than others. I had trouble finding them; my wife wanted to tidy up/toss the trash. They were put away in odd corners.
Using a dark plastic bag to cover the box and hood the box’s eye/camera lens slot, you can better understand the early photographers. That was the reaction my students had. They were also startled by such a simple set-up creating this amazing image – no software, electronics or chemistry. Just the power & properties of light.
Here are some of the results. The only modifications include rotating & cropping the images and re-sizing adjustments. The pinhole image is projected on a wax-paper screen that is part of a tin can. I used both my regular camera and cell-phone camera to capture those pinhole images. The first two are were captured with the cell-phone camera.
You can see in these images some of the interior of the cardboard box and the wax-paper screen’s rough edges and ripples .
The blend of the pinhole image characteristics and the wax-paper screens creates a luminescent water colour quality. There is also a harsh element that suggests older photographic processing/aging.
Street scenes and house fronts are bent with a ghostly glow within the cardboard Obscura box.
Vehicles and buildings are both familiar colourful shadows and vague distant dreams.
The view of the backyard from the window reveals a faerie world that can only be reached through the light in the magic of the cardboard box.
This 700th post is done. All that is left is to decide which one to submit for World Pinhole Day. Which one should I choose? What do you think?