Happy Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day!
Well actually it’s more like week.
Because WWPPD falls on Easter Sunday they have extended the time in which you can take photos for them to be valid for the official website. So any pinhole images taken between now and May 1st are valid.
This year I will be participating in the photo taking festivities. I recently purchased a Zero Image 4×5 pinhole camera, it’s a thing of beauty. As some of you will know I like it wide and I have been an admirer of the work of Scott Speck aka Integrity of Light for some time and I thought it was time to take some of my own.
My history with pinhole photography is rocky to say the least. My first taste was with a digital SLR and a body cap, needless to say that was not money well spent, in both cases. My second taste came in the form of a 6×12 panorama pinhole camera, it was ok but it did give me a splinter and at that time I had no easy way of scanning the big negs.
Next up was an M39 Leica Screw Mount pinhole for my Voigtlander cameras, that one wasn’t too bad. Now more recently there was the Pinwide, despite being for digital cameras that $40 piece of plastic opened my heart to pinhole photography again and prompted the purchase of the Zero Image 25B.
So far I have had a fantastic time with the camera. It has forced me to slow down and take more time when I am taking a photo. Thinking about the exposure time, keeping the monopod still and trying to not get my hand in the frame all at the same time is a challenge. Also getting back into the darkroom and tray developing my negs has been a hell of a learning curve. Multiply that feeling of anticipation when you’re waiting for the lab to process your film x10.
So yes, dust off your trusty pinhole camera, take the old girl out for a walk and burn some film. Some of us might be getting together on Tuesday so be sure to check the Flickr group for details.
Happy ‘Holing Everyone!