Self With Pears

I started a "Sheet A Day" pinhole project a couple of months ago, in which I shoot one sheet of 4x5 film a day in my Zero 4x5. I want to really get to know this camera and I thought this would be an interesting practice to help me with that. I have been enjoying the project for the most part! I did finally run out of steam last week on day 46 though. But I kept on going anyway. 

As I go develop the photos i do a rough scan with my iphone and a light-box to see what they look like. I am uploading them all on my Flickr here (If you are interested in seeing them let me know. we will need to be Flickr contacts. They are not fit for public consumption!) It has given me time to decide which ones I want to scan on the V700 at Newspace

This is one that I really liked. I feel like there is something here, but am not sure what that "something" is. I like what is going on with the pears, for example. I like the sort of mundane self portrait in the background. I feel like there might be a project in here somewhere. I just need to suss it out somehow...

Waiting

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I am continuing to explore self portraiture with pinhole photography. I am not sure what I love about self portraits. I don't think I am narcissistic. I think they just fascinate me. Especially pinhole self portraits. 

This was taken with my Schlem P6*6 and Ektar 100. I think it was exposed around 3 minutes?

Incidentally, this photo made Explore on Flickr, which is always kind of an ego boost. However my ego was soon kicked in the ribs upon discovering that it was put into a gallery called, "Explore...WHY?!?" I had to laugh at that, actually. I have said the same thing about many photos in Flickr's Explore. My big photography pet peeve is HDR and I have not been afraid to say so publicly, in probably a not-so-nice-way. So I yeah. I think I deserve this little bit of karma. 

I am pinholeing myself etching my pinhole camera at Rembrandt's house

I am pinholing myself making an etching of my pinhole camera

One of the museums my husband and I visited while we were in Amsterdam was Rembrandt's house. It was one of the best museum experiences I have ever had and well worth the cost of admission. Usually they will have people doing demonstrations throughout the house of paint making and print making. Sadly, the day we went there were no demonstrations. however, the disappointment was erased when we went to the studio at the top floor and found an etching workshop! We made and etching of our own onto plexiglass and then made a print from our etching - all of which we could take home. It was a fantastic experience! 

I decided to draw a picture of my pinhole camera and make and etching and a print of that. And then as I was drawing it I decided it would be kind of awesome to open the shutter and make an exposure while I was doing this. The pinhole photograph isn't the best but it was a fun little experiment.

Here is a photo of a print of the etching that I made. I am not very good at drawing, as  you can see. But still, it's fun to do. Printmaking is another fascination of mine that I would like to explore in the future. it was kind of fun to mesh two of my interests together. 

I'm feeling rough I'm feeling raw I'm in the prime of my life.

Oaks Park, Portland Oregon.

Oaks Park, Portland Oregon.

Having not had my coffee yet, I chose the photo title by choosing the first line of the first song that played on iTunes when I uploaded the photo. It was MGMT's Time To Pretend.

Today is my birthday and these lyrics are perfect. 

Camera: Zero 2000
Exposure time: 2 minutes 26 seconds
Film: Kodak Ektar 100
Pinhole: 0.18mm
Focal Length: 25mm
ISO: 100
Aperture: f138
Dev: C-41 by Lab
Scan: Epson V500

The truth is behind the kale and yogurt

The truth is behind the kale and yogurt.

A few weeks ago someone on Facebook (I can't remember who it was now) linked to a tweet from someone else I can't remember. What I do remember is the tweet. It said (something like) "Checking Facebook has become the equivalent of opening the refrigerator and not finding what you are looking for."  I love that metaphor. Have you ever done this? Opened the refrigerator and stared into it and not finding that one thing that will make you happy? Isn't life like this sometimes? 

So this refrigerator metaphor had been on my mind for a few days when I decided to do a pinhole interpretation of it. Yes, I stood there with the door open for more than 8 minutes. I felt kinda bad about that. But it was for art. 

Camera: Zero 2000
Exposure time: 8 minutes 24 seconds
Film: Kodak Ektar 100
Pinhole: 0.18mm
Focal Length: 25mm
ISO: 100
Aperture: f138
Dev: C-41 by Lab
Scan: Epson V500