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Self On Lake Shore

self on lake shore (pinhole)

Today’s photoblog is a pinhole self portrait I took a few weeks ago at Trillium Lake. It is my first paper negative. I have since made several more images using photographic paper and I’m really enjoying learning how to do this. I will post more about this in a future blog post.

I might have mentioned that I really love doing pinhole self portraits. I don’t know why, but the why is not really important I guess.* The point is that I am drawn to this kind of photography.

I have been reading The Diary Of Anaïs Nin and am very much inspired by it. It reminds me that I used to write more about myself and my life on this blog and I miss it. I might return to that kind of writing here (in addition to the photography, of course).

And, while we are on the subject of self reflection, I think that this will be the first of a series of pinhole self portraits for awhile on my photo blog.

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Geeky bits
Camera: Zero Image 4×5 25mm configuration
Paper: Illford RC glossy (I think?)
Development: Illford multigrade developer 1 minute 20 seconds.

*Mini rant: We went hiking with our pinhole cameras up at the Samon River this past weekend (which was Memorial Day weekend) and the trail was a little more crowded than usual, thus, more people curious about the cameras we were using. Someone had left a baby’s bright pink shoe sitting on a rock at the trail head and I instinctively decided to photograph it with my pinhole camera. As I was exposing the shot, a couple wandered up the trail and the woman asked me, “Why are you photographing the shoe?” The question took me by surprise because I didn’t have an answer. I don’t know why I did it. I just did it. My answer to her was completely idiotic. I think I said, “Oh we are just messing around.” And she said, “you are in a beautiful place for photography” and I said, “Yes it really is.” Weirdly, I felt like I was defending myself. I kind of had this weird nudge of anger.

As I hiked along and ranted to my husband obsessively about it for a few minutes I realized why her question bothered me. I think it bothered me because she asked “Why.” When people ask me about my camera I am very happy to obliged them. But the “why” question as it relates to creativity is odd. Why does anyone do anything? When you do something creative it is not done from that place in us where we are thinking  intellectually. Creativity is more intuitive and instinctual. And I think the creative person inside of me resents having to defend her creative impulses.

Now that I have thought about it I know why I chose the shot: I liked the color contrast. I was using Ektar film (known for its saturation) and I liked the bright pink against the greens of the forest. I also liked the juxtaposition of the shoe in the natural environment. But saying all of this kind of takes the magic out of it, doesn’t it?

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15 thoughts on “Self On Lake Shore

  1. Love this shot! I’ve been thinking about doing a series of self portraits (either Holga or pinhole) for a while now, but I don’t have the guts to do it. Don’t know why really, because if they look stupid I don’t have to show them. Been wanting to do a silent movies BW look.

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    1. Thanks Gretchen! Yes! It’s actually super easy. I cut it to fit into 4×5 holders and expose at 3 ISO. I am still playing around with the reciprocity failure. I think it’s best when I don’t compensate for it. They tend to get over exposed when I do.

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  2. I simply love your pinhole snaps! I play around with paper inside all sorts of boxes as well from time to time, but I really need to start using some bigger stuff for my negatives. 4×5 would be a nice start for sure. Do you invert them on the computer or in the darkroom?

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      1. Good to hear I’m not the only one then…! :))
        A bit curious to try inverting them using the darkroom way as well, but not too sure if that’s going to work. Great blog!! 🙂

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