Sunday, February 03, 2008
Pinhole camera: Geometric Distortion
This series of photos were taken with a homemade pinhole camera, for my class. I made mine out of a long skinny cardboard box, and therefore my shots are long and skinny! The pinholes were fun, but oh-so-labor-intensive! The original out of the camera image is a negative. These are contact prints made from the negative image. Only one shot could be taken at a time, then processed to see if I guessed the exposure correctly, so there were quite a few out-takes on these. They're difficult also because there is no viewfinder... I had to guess that my box was positioned correctly to get the image I wanted, not the sky or the dirt or whatever. But after hours and hours (and peeling fingers from all the darkroom chemicals!) I ended up liking these. I only posted one in each category: the assignment requires five in each category for a total of 30 usable shots.
I like how the collection hangs together. In all but the landscape there is an enclosing curvilinear form, and even in the landscape it is enclosing if not curvilinear.