Pinhole Journeys: Nicole Gelinas - Part 3
Here’s the third and final part of Nicole’s WPPD adventure. She certainly got some interesting shots with the multi-pinhole option.
Pinhole Journeys: Nicole Gelinas - Part 2
The Alternative Business Card
A while ago I decided that I needed to be able to introduce myself as more than just another photographer. Sometimes I need to advertise The Alternative Photographer instead of my portfolio. After a bit of planning, and sketching out different ideas, I settled on these handmade and unique business cards. Below is my prototype that I put together before I started printing them in number.
The idea was to use two layers with a window cut in the top layer and a single negative held inbetween the two. However, after making the prototype, I realised that I could introduce a new aspect by putting a window in both sides and allowing the negative to be projected on a wall by shinning a light through it.
To make the cards, I laid out the logo and details in Photoshop and then printed them out on a sheet of A4. The blank cards that I had were then attached to the sheet with blu-tak using the first print as a guide. The sheet was then put back through the printer, this time being printed directly onto the cards. If you’d like to try this at home, you can either buy blank cards, or print directly on to a sheet of A4 card, and then cut them out individually.
Above: The blank cards being attached to the template.
Below: The cards after printing, ready to be assembled.
To put them together, I measured the negatives and calculated where to cut out the window. I penciled it onto a spare card and, using a scalpel and steel ruler, I cut out the template which I then used to make the rest of the cards.
Below: The cards being put together.
The Pop-Up Pinhole Project
A couple of weeks ago, I posted about Kelly Angood’s 120 Pinhole Project on Kickstarter. Unfortunately, not long after, the project had to be halted which was a great shame, especially as it had already gained such a large backing. Not to be deterred, Kelly has worked tirelessly to bring us a new design so that the project can go ahead after-all.
And here it is; the Videre. A new pinhole camera, fashioned after the famous TLR’s of our time, and capable of shooting standard 120 roll film. Interested? Well you can order yourself a kit by backing the campaign over at Kickstarter.
Ilford is known for their top of the line paper and film, but they’ve also released their fair share of peculiar cameras.
The recently unveiled ‘Ilford Obscura Pure Pinhole’ will feature a a fixed 87mm lens, a magnetic lock, and it can be loaded with either 4x5 film or paper.
Pinhole Journeys: Nicole Gelinas - Part 1
The 120 Pinhole Camera
Some of you may have seen this great cardboard pinhole Hasselblad replica around the internet. It was designed and built by Kelly Angood as a cheap alternative to buying a medium format camera. As images of it spread across the internet, more and more people asked if they could buy a camera off her, or if she was going to make the designs available to download.
It was decided that due to the complex design and materials needed, it would not be effective to just give out the designs. Kelly designed a 35mm version which she made available to download, and once again it swept the internet like wild fire, this time people were sending in images they’d taken from all over the world. Despite all that, people still wanted the medium format version, and so this kickstarter campaign was born. Plans have been made to manufacture the kits, all that’s needed is your backing.
If you wanted to get your hands on this camera, then now’s your chance. Once the campaign has finished, that will be it. The cameras won’t be going on mass sale, only people who funded the project will have one, which I think allows these cameras to keep that special feel they have.
Remember, if you want to own one of these great cameras, then get your pledges in now. I know I will!
A Weekend With Familliar Freinds And Unfamiliar Film
A couple of weeks ago I took my good friends Chris and Emma down to London for the weekend, as neither of them had been for several years. We did some shopping, sightseeing, and even took in a show.
The photos below were snapped throughout the weekend on my trusty Pentax ME Super, using Kodak Professional bw400cn film. I’ve never used this film before, and it was through circumstances out of my control that I ended up with it, but I think it worked out well in the end.
Uiza by Stefano Ferrando
I want to show you my project about memory and time, called “Uiza” (“island” in the dialect of my country, Carloforte, in the S. Peter’s Island, in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea and in front of Sardinia); the project is dedicated to my place of origin, birthplace of my ancestors. The project is realized with a pinhole camera, an instrument suitable for me to make the idea of mental landscapes, even before physical landscapes.
The images do not meet the homogeneity of format that normally I pursue, but these photographs come from an instinctive impulse: impose them a rationality in retrospect is the least rational I could do.
These photographs have been selected for the “Leica Lab” portfolio section and received an honorable mention for the fourth edition of the “Landscape Award” induced by the Region of Sardinia (Italy).
Meet My 4x5 Pinhole Camera (from the Lensless Camera Company)
I got this baby over a decade ago and the Lensless Camera Co. still makes them today. There is a giant elephant standing in the room that is this camera, which would namely be the now-useless 4x5 Polaroid back. At the time of purchase, I paid a hefty penny for that Polaroid back… and used the crap out of it. Now it’s basically the equivalent of a floppy disk, but more on that later…
I also have 4x5 backs which work with this camera (both 4x5 film and backs are still readily available for anyone interested in delving in to larger formats.) I don’t use it often, but I love the wood and simple design.