Little by little, the bird makes its nest….This is the translation of a french proverb that means that with patience and dedication, you can accomplish a goal difficult to reach.
Now, I am a little bit more self confident concerning pinhole photography: I can consider building a “pinholistic” project.Technically and artistically. I am through an intellectual process that some may call “intellectual masturbation”. We are very good at such things in France… Intellectual stuffs, don’t misunderstand me. I don’t remember that guy centuries ago that said something like: “I think therefore I am”. Dupont? Durand? No! René Descartes! I would say” I picture therefore I am”.
I have been searching for weeks about pinhole photography; and I have discovered one thing. it belongs to what is called “Foto Povera”, in other words “poor photography”. Sure, shooting with a pinhole camera is so basic, so primitive.But the possibilities can be so huge.
What I like about pinhole photography is the ethereal atmosphere it creates. I would say that it is a physical creation of mental pictures. It increases the level of interpretation of the pictures thanks to the blur and grainy effects. The reality is transformed into a poetic and dream pictures.
Since the day I have been a pinhole photographer I have in mind three things:
– Uncertainty is a necessity
– Doubt is a method
– Failure is an experience
I am not going to enter into details as you are a keen reader of my blog. You know what i mean when I use those words.
With all those reflections about pinhole photography, the ideas are fighting in my head. Sometimes, I have strong headaches because of it!
I have decided to shift to a new step:
– i want to build my own camera and try things I saw here and there about pinhole photography. I may lose one or two fingers in this adventure; but i need to do it.
– I even have a big project in mind… I will write about it when everything is ready. I would like to share my enthusiasm about pinhole photography. I am glad to announce you I haven’t grabbed my D90 for months now. I have no pleasure anymore when I shoot with it.
PS: I have bought a new brownie camera for 5 €. It is like new. For sure, I changed it into a pinhole camera. Awesome results! I will post photos soon!