It was about three years ago a friend bought me this “make-your-own-pinhole-camera” kit. And about two months ago I eventually made it up and loaded it with film for the first time. And seeing as “images made with a pinhole camera” is one of the categories for as assignment due in next week, I’m pleased to have finally taken and printed the last two shots for that assignment.
As they complete the set, here’s the whole lot for your perusal. Some of these you may have seen before…
(For this assignment we’ve been experimenting with “Alternative Processes”; we have to produce eight images on the theme of “Alternative Identities”, all produced using “alternative” processes (two each of Pinhole Camera, Cyanotypes, Salt Prints, and Matte Medium). I’ve gone for the easy option of self portraits, representing different aspects of my life (and, therefore, my identity).
“Cyclist” Salt Print created using an A4 transparency laid directly on treated cartridge paper and exposed in a UV machine. (Shot taken at arm’s length while cycling to Paris last year. Transparency was prepared using as a greyscale in Photoshop.)
“Magistrate” Salt Print created using an A4 transparency laid directly on treated cartridge paper and exposed in a UV machine. (Original image composited in photoshop from three images: Royal Coat of Arms; a random newsreader, and my head. Transparency was prepared using as a threshold in Photoshop.)
“Photographer”. Cyanotype created using an A4 transparency laid directly on treated watercolour paper and exposed in a UV machine. (Transparency was prepared using a ‘threshold’ adjustment in Photoshop.)