Based on the camera obscura, pinhole photography is one of the oldest forms of photography. The Harman Titan 4x5 Pinhole Camera has a 72mm wide angle cone with a chemically etched 0.35mm pinhole which equates to f/206 and a wide-angle field of view of 97 degrees (the equivalent of 20mm on a 35mm film camera). While pinhole cameras are essentially quite simple, calculating exposure times is more complex and requires a chart that can convert a normal meter reading to the very small aperture of your pinhole (in this case F/206). Then you take this time and use another chart to determine reciprocity failure for exposures over one second, which increases the time of exposure yet again. Most of the exposure times for the prints in this gallery were from 30 seconds up to fifteen minutes in duration. Bring a book with you while waiting.
A cheap plastic camera from China that can shoot 6x6 or 6x4.5 images on 120 film through a plastic lens. What the Hasselblad is to fine mechanics, the Holga is to ....well...plastic junk. The attraction to artists, and for that matter photography students, has been the notion of focusing only on your vision and getting a surrealistic image as a consequence of the poor optics, light leaks, and other abnormalities that are all different from one Holga to another. I currently own three and each one has a unique character.
Holga 120 Angulon
the Holga 120 Angulon is a mating between a stock Holga 120 Panoramic camera (very difficult to find) and with this example, a 1950's Schneider 90mm F/6.8 Angulon lens. Randy at Holgamods did the custom work for me. The camera also sports a 1950's Medis rangefinder to allow for the lens to be focused at the right distance, rather than guessing as with a traditional Holga. Ultralight and much fun to use with ilford Pan F, FP4, or HP5.
4x5 Black and White
Images made with the 4x5 view camera, my favorite large format negative size. The Ebony RW45 and Chamonix 45N-2 were used for this body of work.
The 5x7 was my first purchase from this exceptional Chinese company, developed by mountain climbers with a passion for large format photography. Their cameras are very light via the use of carbon fiber and a minimalist and beautiful design
“Eventually, all things merge into one, and a river runs through it. The river was cut by the world's great flood and runs over rocks from the basement of time. On some of the rocks are timeless raindrops. Under the rocks are the words, and some of the words are theirs. I am haunted by waters.”
Norman Maclean, A River Runs Through It
Polaroid Type 59 Image Transfers
These images, now no longer able to be made following the demise of film manufacturing by Polaroid, were made with a 4x5 Ebony view camera with a Polaroid back. Once the exposure was made, it was pulled from the back, which started the development process. After careful timing, the positive and negative parts of the print were separated, with the negative being rolled with a brayer onto 300 lb. Arches Hot Press watercolor paper. A hit and miss prospect, but when things worked, the images were magical.
Rauhallinen Farm and the sorrounding Northwoods abounds in wildflowers and a host of perennials from my 17 beds. Impossible Project film allows for a surreal representation of the natural beauty of the various subjects.
These iconic cameras produce instant prints that are unrivaled in their ability to capture surreal mood and tonality.