How are you? Ah, you think I am going to wish you a happy new year? Well,no! Why? Because nothing changed for me between the Dec. 31st and Jan.1st…
And no new year’s resolutions as it is useless: no diet this year.No.Nothing at all.
I am writing this message from the other side of this world,from the bottom of a golden coffin, in which nails are hammered every day.
I am in fact in a state of extreme frustration.I moved to an other place, an other country, an other continent.I don’t complain as my situation is by far better than any other one here…
Well, no! I have to complain because it is sooo French!Yes, i am frustrated because pinholing became a dream here not a reality. No films.No products.Nothing. And yet….I have a big bathroom I could turn into a darkroom.This is what I was missing from France as i had a tiny bathroom.
I recently received my pinhole adapter for my Nikon D90 and decided to play with it to check what kind of interesting pictures could be made with it. Obviously, i will never be able to get the amazing effects of an analogue camera.
I have tried everything: different light, different sensibility, close-up, flashlight….And I think that the only interesting pictures that could be obtained with a digital pinhole are pictures of moving objects.
And yet…Here is a photograph of a bottle of perfume.A still bottle.
PS: I would not mind if eventually you would agree to send me if you please some pinhole and analogue photography related stuffs in order to decrease the level of my frustration:for example samples of photographic paper,fixer for paper and films,black and white films.
Conclusion:”l’homme idéal n’existe pas”.
You have four hours to write an essay about it.
Now, i will leave you and try to tidy the mess in my head.
Oh yes, I can can hear all of you from my place:
YOU: What?! What a disgrace, you dared to cross fertilize advanced pinhole technology with basic digital principle?! How can you dare?
ME: Oh! Please forgive me for this sacrilege! But I had to try this…I have been into this analogue relation with Holga for about one month, but I feel I have to try something else for our mutual attraction to last. I found this lens by chance when I was searching for pinhole cameras on Ebay. I could not help myself from buying this stuff…
YOU: you will whip yourself hundred times after this post!
ME: I deserve it! Now let me explain everything!
I am not lucky with the weather these days. Each time I decide I have to go out and take pictures, the rain follows me. I have to confess something. I am the queen of procrastination. I always delay what I have to do on the same day. So on that shooting day, it rained… a lot!
Here are some results:
I am not convinced about this picture. I could have done the same thing without changing the lens. Ouch!! I have started to whip myself.
And another one…. Ouch!
And another one… Ouch! it hurts!
Conclusion: can I whip myself only 50 times? Because I had no pleasure doing this… I was checking the picture then deleting it when it was not good. it was not like when i use films.: you run to your house, prepare your caffenol-c, develop your film, and you are amazed by the results. There was no expectation, no magic doing this!