The lost 4 elements

A few years ago my work was accepted for a curated pinhole show in Le Bourget near Paris. This was an exhibition with a theme: the four classical elements Earth, Water, Fire, Air. A great challenge, and I was happy to be accepted with a series of 4 images. Paris is not that far from Utrecht where I live, so I decided to drive there and attend the opening night. It was a nice experience, and there were quite some fellow pinhole photographers to meet, some from as far away as the USA.
Here is picture of us at that opening night:
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It was very nice to be there, meet them, and see my own work hanging on the gallery wall.

And then the exhibition moved from Paris to Barcelona, and from Barcelona it moved on to Basque country,  in the north of Spain.
And then it was lost… The four works, which were images printed “ready to hang” on forex, never came back. Which is a pity, because this printing method is quite expensive. I asked the curator/organizer on the whereabouts of the works. No response… So they are lost forever, I suppose.

But I still have the original negatives, so here I can recreate the series, in my own virtual exhibition space 🙂

Here they are, my pinhole interpretations of the four classical elements
Earth, Water, Fire, Air!

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Exhibition in City hall Utrecht!

Exhibition july/august 2017 !

It’s still some 8 months to go, but I’d like to share news on my upcoming exhibition in july/august 2017. This exhibition (working title “15 jaar lensloos”) will be in the lobby of the city hall in Utrecht. A great opportunity which I’m very happy with.
And now begins the hard part: selecting my “best” images and series, and creating a good coherent exhibition. As the curator of Utrecht city hall says: ” we provide the wall space and the frames, and you need to kill your darlings”….But 8 months is enough time to select, rework, select again etc… 🙂
These two images will certainly be included:
The “Schwarzwalder bote” newspaper lying on a chair

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The anamorph image of a well-known spot in Utrecht, with the Anne Frank statue.

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New camera: Reality so Subtle 6X17

Although pinhole photographers are not that interested in new gear (we don’t need lenses), sometimes I want to expand my camera collection with a new type, either by making it myself or buying it. I wanted a panoramic camera that goes beyond my current 6X12 format.

After a dissappointing experience with Ondu (they got many, many orders for their various formats and couldn’t deliver everything to everyone in time), I looked out for another supplier of a pinhole camera with extended landscape format.

And I found James Guerin who produces and sells cameras that go by the name of Reality so Subtle. You can find him here: Au Premier plan

I ordered the 6X17 model, and it was at my doorstep within a week 🙂
Now that is prompt delivery!

This is what the camera looks like: IMG_7260
This machine is heavy, sturdy, and lives up to James’ statement “excellent CNC quality” (whatever that means). Loading the machine is quite a trick, I used a pair of fishbone tweezers to get the roll of film thru the path. That helped, will be my standard loading tool.

Here are the first result of this camera, in the first roll I only used the the regular lower pinhole. Next time I will try out the raised pinhole, which sets the horizon at the bottom of of the image. Because of the circular film path (with prevents light fall-off) the edge of a straight objet (the table) close to the camera gets deformed, but that’s part of the extras you get with this type of construction!

I think this camera will travel with us on our trip to Tuscany, very curious how Italy looks thru the 6X17 pinhole format!

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World Pinhole Day 2016

Every last sunday in April is WPD (world pinhole day): take a pinhole picture, upload to a worldwide gallery of images shot on that particular day. Although there’s a 30-day period for uploading, I like to upload on the same day. I have built a polaroid pinhole for that purpose, but recently I have created a pinhole body cap for my little digital Fuji:
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So now the Fuji can take care of the “same day upload”.

The group of pinhole friends that I joined for a great WPD walk two years ago in Amsterdam are doing a get-together in Barcelona this year, but sadly enough I could not make that 🙁

Had to to stay around Utrecht this year.
The plan was to go to the “waterloopbos” for a day of walking and pinhole shooting with Marco de Vente, but the weather predictions were very bad, so we canceled it (we’ll do it some other time, no worries).
But what to do on WPD 2016? Stay inside (warm and dry), or wait for the few sunny moments that might occur and go out when the sun shows itself? I opted for the last strategy, but made sure to take a pinhole shot at breakfast, just in case:
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Luckily the sun came through, so I took the cameras and went for a ride.
First stop at a bridge in my home town of Utrecht, which has a nice set of barriers:
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Then move on to a place that was tipped to me by a fellow pinholer, an artwork/landscape location. This consists of a concrete “bunker” (military hideout) which has been cut through the middle, and then a path was created. This path leads from the dike to a small lake.
The weather was great: clouds all around, but during the two hours I was there, the sun shined brightly. Here are some shots which I took, some taken with the fuji in pinhole and some iphone shots I took of the setup with the Anamorph camera and the 8Banners Mb. The two rolls of film are to be developed soon, so there will be some more images to show in a week or two. That will be a blog entry called WPD-II  🙂

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Then back home, with a stop at Starbucks, where the little Fuji made some extra shots, like this one:
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Finally, here’s the shot that I selected for  the WPD gallery. My shadow is in the foreground, hiding the tripod and camera:
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I’m curious to the results from the film cameras, especially the anamorph.
One advantage of this day near home over Barcelona: if they are all wrong, I can always go back!

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On it’s back / Op z’n rug

A lot of pinhole photographers experiment with unusual positions or viewpoints.
The camera’s we use are not expensive, so it’s no big deal if something goes wrong.
One of the ideas I picked up from the various forums is to lay the camera on it’s back, and see what happens. Below are two sets of pictures: the pinhole camera lying on it’s back (in the “domkerk” church and the Louwman museum) and the resulting image.
Worth the try (also with lens cameras) !

Veel pinhole fotografen experimenteren met ongewone standpunten. Omdat we met goedkope camera’s werken is het niet zo erg als er iets mis gaat.
Eén van de ideeën die ik vond op de diverse pinhole forums was om de camera op z’n rug te leggen, en zien wat het resultaat is. Hieronder twee sets foto’s: de camera liggend in respectievelijk de domkerk en het Louwman museum. Het proberen waard (ook met lens camera’s) !

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Eigen Zorg: a pinhole series in the making

In the center of Leiden, close to the train station, is a cafe called “Eigen Zorg”.
This what it looks like from the outside:
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Everyone that enters this café is surprised: it’s like going back 50 years in time.
The tables and chairs, the dark wood panels, the reading table and the old huge television, the drinking cups, all is unchanged since the sixties. So I have started to take pinhole  pictures. It’s close to an office location where I regularly work, so I can hop in during lunch hour, order a coffee, and set up my camera. Usually no more than two or three shots at a time, because some spots in the room ask for exposure of 20 minutes or so.

But as the lady that owns and runs the place is full of nice stories and witty remarks, that’s not a bad thing to do. I once returned and announced that I needed to place the camera for way longer exposures than the last time, and she responded “that’s OK, I’m open till eleven this evening” 🙂
These are the first pictures I took (you can see the owner in the second one, chatting for the four minute exposure):
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And this is a picture taken in the back of the room:
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There are more pictures to find there, and I’m still returning regularly to place the camera (the 8Banners Mb in 6X12 mode) on other spots in the room, on the bar, near the window and so on.
So I’m gradually building up a series of pinhole pictures, that will form a portrait of a café where time has stood still. I will then  create a nice gallery on this site.
And of course I will take a few prints for the lady at Eigen Zorg to keep!

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Pinhole/Solargraphy at Spitsbergen

Together with some pinhole friends I visited Udo Prinsen in his atelier (workshop).

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Udo was introduced to pinhole in one of my workshop-lectures at “foto De Zavel”, like this one: CAFU)  in Utrecht, and he got hooked 🙂
Udo is fascinated by light and time, and he also started to do solargraphy. And this august he went along with a two-week expedition to Spitsbergen, accompanying a group of scientist as (the only) visual artist.

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A few of the cameras

We spent an evening in his studio, listening to his stories on the trip, on the solargraph cameras that he placed, and enjoying the results that he took back.

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As you don’t have many opportunities to get so close to the north pole, Udo took a lot of cameras along, hoping to get enough results to work with, and even sent out an installation with a series of cameras attached to it to Spitsbergen by mail. The Dutch ‘scientist in residence’ placed this installation on the roof of a building, set for a two-month exposure. Udo himself placed cameras on Spitsbergen at arrival, and collected them just before returning, so these were two-week exposures.

Some great images came out of it, which you can see (and buy) on his site The SEES project

There was a nice surprise for me involved: whenever I give a workshop on pinhole, I hand out some pinholes to take home and try out, or lend out one of my cameras. The reward that I ask is a pinhole print, whenever something succeeds. This expands my collection of pinhole images by other people than myself. I also join print exchanges, so my collection is from all over the world.

Udo gave me one of his prints, so now I’m the proud owner of a solargraph that was taken on Spitsbergen!

See more information on the expedition, the project and the solargraphs at  The SEES project.

 

 

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Roltrap / Escalator

Roltrap: belichtingstijd “van beneden naar boven”.
Toen ik net met pinhole begon, was een van experimenten die ik deed om de camera met open sluiter mee te nemen op een roltrap. Op mijn oude site staat daar nog iets van, onder de hoogdravende term pinhole dynamics. Bij mijn trip naar het mijn complex Zeche Zollverein deed ik weer eens hetzelfde, op de roltrap naar het Ruhr museum. Een erg lange roltrap, met gekleurde wanden (architect Rem Koolhaas).
Het effect van stilstaande mensen in een bewegende wereld…

Escalator: exposure time “from downstairs to upstairs”
One of the experiments I did when starting with pinhole was to take the camera along on an escalator. Some images are on my old website in pinhole dynamics section (a bit bombastic nam). When visiting the Ruhr museum in Essen, I did this once again. It’s a very long escalator, with brightly colored sides (architect Rem Koolhaas).
The effect of people standing still in a moving world…

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New article: the Anamorph.

I have placed a new ‘tech article’ (in English) on the Anamorph camera, it’s here in the tech section: link

It’s an article on the strangest camera I own, made by a Polish manufacturer…

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The making of: Bretagne, sunset

At holiday, in Bretagne, we noticed this spot, near our rented mobile home. Beautiful, with the last rays of the sun lighting up that small house at the end of the peninsula.
But I did not carry my pinhole camera.Next day: rainy and cloudy…
A few days later, the sun was there, with some clouds, so I walked the 30 min. to the edge. Upon arriving, the sun just went after some clouds and didn’t return.
But the next day was sunny, including the evening at sunset. So back again, and the 8Banners MB camera was set up at a low wall aligning the beach and small road to the house. Here it is, exposing for some 4 minutes:
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It was well worth the repeated walks (which wasn’t that bad, actually a nice walk along the coast). Here is the resulting pinhole image, which will be in the Bretagne gallery:

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