I hear the train a comin,’ It’s rolling round the bend, And I ain’t seen the sunshine since I don’t know when

Books, Music, Art, Movies, Photography

My next series of pinhole shots come from a meetup of the Seattle Camera Obscura Photography Enthusiasts Society in Chehalis at the train museum. I took a crazy amount of shots that day: three rolls of film! That is a lot for me. Here are a few from the roll of Acros 100. I used my Ondu MKii for these.

It's comin' round the bend

I hear a train a comin'


No Parking

And here is a video of an amazingly talented woman singing Folsom Prison Blues in her backyard:

This is Caroline Hecht. She played at the Sandy Library a couple of years ago and she is amazing. I highly recommend her album, Swallowed by Swells.

Powerstation Theater, McMennamins Edgefield (after Sugimoto)


My next series of photographs will be my first from the Ondu MK2 6×6 format. I received my Kickstarter reward in June and immediately loaded it up with film. Over the course of the next few months I tested it with a number of different rolls.

To kick this off, I will also introduce a truly remarkable photographer. I was introduced to his work in Barcelona’s Fundación MAPFRE. I gave the visit a ridiculously quick mention in this post, which does not come near a fraction of how much this exhibition affected me.

The photographer is Hiroshi Sugimoto.  To be honest, there isn’t much to say because word fail me. I found his work simply mind-blowing. You must go visit his website. And if you ever have chance to see his work in person, for the love of god, go see it. The remarkable thing about his work are the prints and you have to experience them in person. A computer screen does not do his work justice.

The photo I am sharing with you today was inspired by his “Theaters” series. The idea was to capture an entire film in one frame of film. You can read more about it on his portfolio here. When I saw this I wanted to try it with a pinhole camera. The opportunity came when my husband and I caught a film at the Edgefield’s Powerstation theater, where you can eat dinner and drink a beer while watching the movie. This allowed me to prop my camera on the little counter in front of me instead of hauling in a tripod.

Geeky Bits:

Camera: Ondu MKII
Film: Fuji Acros 100
Exposure Time: 90 minutes
Stand developed for 1 hour with Adonal.

Ghosts in the forest



Today’s pinhole self portrait was taken the same day as this one – at Trillium Lake on Mt. Hood. It was my second outing with the Terrapin Bijou, a camera gifted to me from Todd Schlemmer, maker and creator of the camera, on WPPD. I have since gone through about 4 rolls of film in this camera. I love it and can’t recommend it enough. The 4.5 x 6 format is new to me but it didn’t take long for me to warm up to it. It doesn’t hurt that you can get 16 shots on a roll.

Expect to see lots more results from this camera on the blog!

Geeky bits
Camera: Terrapin Bijou – 25mm configuration
Film: Fuji Acros 100
Exposure time: 1 minute 25 seconds
Development: Stand developed for 1 hour in Adonal, 1 + 100.

Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day


Way back in April, (the 26th to be exact) there was a meeting in Portland of pinhole photographers from around the world. It was an epic day. It started at 6:30 am with a sunrise meetup and ended around 10:00 pm and bowling. So much fun was had by all. It was completely awesome to meet several of my online friends for the very first time, and to see other online friends again. Next year we are planning on meeting in Barcelona for WPPD and I can’t wait. Raf and I are already making plans for our holiday there! (If you’ve been there and have ideas for things we must see let me know!).

There is a really wonderful set of images from everyone who attended our #GitTogether that day on the Pinholeday.org gallery. Check it out here!

It was really hard to choose the photo I wanted to submit for WPPD gallery, but in the end I chose the Keep Portland Weird photo I featured on my blog a few weeks ago.

Here are more pinhole images from the day.

The Human Statue

The Human Statue. Terrapin Bijou and Ektar 100.

The Florist

The Florist. Terrapin Bijou and Ektar 100.

The Violin Player

The Violin Player. Terrapin Bijou and Ektar 100.

The cat and the monkey

The Cat and the Monkey. Zero 2000 and Acros 100.

Gretchen at Newspace

Gretchen at Newspace. Zero 2000 and Acros 100.

Bowling for Bagdad

Bowling for Bagdad (accidental double exposure). Zero 2000 and Acros 100.

Film swap with Jesús


Several months ago I did a film swap with my internet friend, and fellow pinhole photography aficionado, Jesús! We did a black and white film swap, which is rather new for me. I am extraordinarily behind on posting these.

Here are some of my favorites from the roll.

Film Swap with Jesús

Film Swap with Jesús

Film Swap with Jesús

You can see more on my Flickr. And do check out  Jesús‘s work! the guy is a brilliant pinhole photographer. I feel like even that last statement is an understatement. He is a master of the art of pinhole photography. 🙂