Monday, July 29, 2013

Sheridan O'Neal submits Wayne Martin Belger

Sheridan O'Neal submits Wayne Martin Belger

He creates his own pinhole cameras specifically created to shoot a certain theme or subject and that ties into the creation of the camera. While some of his photos from the cameras aren't completely successful from a technical stand point, they do create an interesting dialog with the viewer and an interesting way of thinking about how the process and what is used to create plays a role in the creation. Even though some of them are lacking technically, I really appreciate his work and respond to it. They are all interesting and different in how the subject matter is presented. For example, his camera "Untouchable (hiv)" is made out of aluminium, copper, titanium, acrylic, and HIV positive blood that creates a #25 red filter. He uses this camera to shoot people suffering from HIV. They are my favorite photographs of his. I also really appreciate his camera "heart" which explores his relationship with his twin brother who died at birth and pregnant mothers. This series is really intriguing how he portrayed the women and their emotions. 

Christy Campbell submits Sharon Harris

Sharon Harris's work explores nudes and their surroundings. The placement of the women is eerie and intriguing.  Her technical skill is also interesting because she works with the distortion of the pinhole and uses it to enhance her concepts.  The photographs look as if they are from another time period, with the way she has addressed the look and textures of the photographs.  Her strongest attribute is the different distortions she uses.  I included the link to her website so you can check out the other photographs she has, they are good examples of how to use your pinhole camera.

Christy Campbell submits Sheila Bocchine

Sheila Bocchine's photographs explores and documents the dream-like world around her.  For one set of series (the top 2 pictures), she documented her road trip across the U.S. focusing on the small moments where she felt she had a good memory with that time and place.  These photographs show an array of the possibilities you can have with your pinhole camera.  They show this fantasy like places with the movement she incorporates with them.  The other set of photographs (bottom 2 pictures), she took exposures of her sleeping in various places, capturing the movement of her tossing and turning. This set is more interesting to me because they have this eerie quality to them, in some you cannot even see her body because she moved so much while she was exposing.  Her concepts could use a little more, but she is a good example to look at her color film pinholes.

Christy Campbell submits Bruno Olivié

Bruno Olivié caught my eye because of his technical skills and how he utilizes his pinhole camera.  His pinhole photographs are simple and most are of different architecture and self portraits.  The work he is making is interesting but I think his technical skills outweigh his conceptual ideas.  He manages to get crisp photographs that really showcase what a pinhole camera can do.  The photographs I included were the most interesting in his series, they are telling a story of a passage or the day of judgement. I included the link to his website because his technical skills are useful to get an idea of what we can do with our own cameras.

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Kelsi Frost submits Tim Franco


Tim Franco is a Shanghai based photographer that usually specialized in documentary and editorial photography but decided to branch out and try out pinhole.  While he does not have a full series of photographs, this one is intriguing because of the nature of the long exposures of pinholes and how he used it to his advantage. He states that he was wanting to experiment of printing time, which, if you know anything about record players and photography, know that he definitely succeeded. It asks the question of what song was playing; what was going on in the background that we can't see now because it is blurred out; why that particular record? This is a concept that could potentially be used by other people that relate to music in different ways and want to incorporate it into their photography.


Kelsi Frost submits Ralph Hudson Reeve


Ralph Hudson Reeve makes his cameras out of paper! Just the thought that the actual paper could then become the camera and vis versa is kinda mind boggling. While his imagery wouldn't be up to Libby's conceptual standard, just the fact that he gets wonderful light leaks and is able to manipulate the paper to be used anywhere at anytime as a camera is wonderful. The idea of making camera and paper and final image as one is great. You can only have that camera once and then it turns into simply a piece of paper until it is developed and then it is your final image that could never be recreated with the same camera because the original camera will never exist again! Whew! Just wonderful.

Kelsi Frost submits ShiKai Tseng


ShiKai Tseng is a recent graduate of the Royal College of Art. She combines Photography with sculpture in a truly amazing way. She makes a ceramic vase and then coats the outside of it in photographic emulsion. She then places the vase in a box with a pinhole on each of the 4 sides and exposes the vase. This is a wonderful way of bringing two mediums together seamlessly. The vases are then permanently showing its first experiential moments with the world. They will constantly be interacting with each other and the environment around them.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Sheridan O’Neal submits Marja Pirila

Sheridan O’Neal submits Marja Pirila

Pirila creates beautiful photography. Her pinhole photography concentrates on negative space created by organic shapes in nature. Her main body of work is based on camera obscura. My favorite series of hers is titled “Interior/Exterior” and it shows how the exterior influences a figure or multiple figures inside a house or room. I love the strength of the emotions in each of her pieces and how clearly it is communicated to the viewer. She also creates camera obscuras out of different shapes in order to manipulate the image then projects them onto a screen. She uses shapes such as a spiral, birch, honey comb, buckets, and so on and so forth. They are amazing. 

Sheridan O’Neal submits Abelardo Morrell

Sheridan O’Neal submits Abelardo Morrell

Morrell has used a camera obscura and digital photographing techniques in order to create his work. I especially appreciate his tent camera series. He created a light tight tent and attached a camera obscura to the top of the tent, projecting the image on the ground. It creates amazing images that interact with the texture of the grass, sidewalk, or whatever he is shooting on. They create painterly landscapes and the tent allows him to produce images wherever he wants, instead of using a room. His other work consists of the same process but in rooms. He also creates photograms and cliche-verres. I think all of his work is very engaging conversation with the viewer, allowing them to view their reality in new ways and meanings. 

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

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Chris Orr

Chris Orr is a photographer from Oregon.  He specifies in pinhole photography with his girlfriend Jaqueline Smith.  They created their own pinhole camera for 35mm film ,color and black and white, with a matchbox.  In an interview Chris talks about the subject matters they tend to shoot for, yet they do not usually know at that moment what they are looking for but what they find by going bike riding around with out a time frame.

The way they use perspective is a key point in the photographs because it shows a point of view that we normally don't look for which makes them beautiful.  The bottom two images really caught my eye the most.  The way they captured the subjects really creates a wonderful depth where the view is interesting.  They show a great input in the geometric style in architecture that helps evolve the imagery.  These work very well in color as oppose to being black and white because having the contrast really makes the subjects pop out of its scene and create a vibrant look to them.

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Diana Bloomfield

Diana Bloomfield is a photographer who has been an exhibiting artist for twenty five years and is known for her unique pinhole photographs.  She uses a technique that makes her prints much more exquisite.  Using platinum/palladium prints to create her own on archival paper and if she feels it is necessary she will tone her prints using alternative processing, such as cyanotype and gum bichromate. 

Her photographs brings such a soothing feel with how the environments is. The landscapes create its own emotion that draws the viewer in and there is a balance of the settlement that is not plain or boring. 
Landscapes are one subject that Bloomfield does with such grace in pinhole and another is using sculptures and figures together.  An example is the one above to the right.  It shows a story with little movement of the figures by using scaling.  Looking as if they were really holding onto this circular form of sculpture that is at a far background distance.  The photograph seems like the two females have a possible deep connection that appreciate one another with the world around them in my opinion.  Diana Bloomfield has deep thought into her subjects that makes her work stronger and interesting.  To think of using an additional process to better her image is quite brilliant and I admire the amount of thought she puts into her work.

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Rachel Covarrubia submits Udo Beck 3

Udo Beck states that he views pinhole photography as a inhuman way of viewing the world, a different way of seeing it. He accomplishes this through use of multiple pinholes and different angles, coming together to form one image. Through blending and overlapping, each image almost seems like a journey, or even a story of a journey. One enjoys the use of the angles, none of which seeming to appear on solid ground, giving a sense of dizziness throughout the image. The imagery, often that of repetition, adds to the idea of another inhuman view of the world. Relating the imagery to that of a fly or some other creature in the world. Giving a sense of wonder to the viewer of perhaps what other creature in the world may view it like this.

Sheridan O'Neal submits Jo Babcock

Sheridan O'Neal submits Jo Babcock

Babcock has spent his career creating and experimenting with different cameras made from found objects such as suitcases, guitar cases, msg cans, and many more. He creates small and mural size photographs with these cameras. His paper negatives are known for their manipulated distortions and use of color which creates a painterly aspect to his landscape photos. I appreciate his ingeniutiy and ability to transform such a large number of familiar objects into cameras that create interesting and successfull photos. I think his landscape photos are more interesting then when he photographs objects.

Sheridan O'Neal submits Craig Barber

Sheridan O'Neal submits Craig Barber

Craig Barber creates photographs using Platinum/Palladium Printing, Wet Plate Collodion Photography~ Tintypes, Ambrotypes, and Glass Negatives, and Pinhole Photography. He travels around the world documenting different cultures in addition to his other work. He susing different angles and perspectives to create an interesting composition from ordinary places that can lead the viewer to see a place, building, or figure in a new way. 

Rachel Covarrubia submits Walter Crump 2

With his warped worlds and limited colors which he adds himself, Walter Crump brings a disfiguried view to the world. The use of shape within the images, along with placement, brings to question to viewers "Where am I?"As if stepping into a drunken alter reality, the stretched buildings and intimidate and frighten the viewer. If it's the intention or not, the imagery and tones of the pictures almost frighten.Taking the use of lines, if it be horizon lines or just architecture lines of buildings, there's a broken view of the world. If not for the toning, some of the images would just look like any other photo. But the tones bring something new, something different and emphasize the pictures, giving them their sense of being lost in this big world, where everything is looming over you.

Walter Crump website

Rachel Covarrubia submits Chris Keeney 1

In this experimental pinhole image by Chris Keeney, we see different elements being brought in to the image. We have what appears to be different images coming together, such as the hand over the image of Our Lady Guadalupe. There is even hints of finger and hand prints with the indention's of the skin showing through image. It calls to question how the artist was able to print on such images. Is it perhaps through the process itself? Or over the photos? Perhaps just overlaying of images. I find the imagery intriguing, and having looked at other works in his gallery, I wonder if there is some perhaps religious ties to the images and artist themselves.. Perhaps it is saying something of shame against religion.
The artist as a whole through his experimentation of pinhole, as well as his notes on what he is using for the pictures, what camera he has made, and the imagery he presents, is really something I quite enjoy. He takes images that many see in their day to day life, and bring them in a new light.

Chris Keeney homepage

Sheridan O'Neal submits Sheila Bocchine

Sheridan O'Neal submits Sheila Bocchine

Bocchine is an internationally known pinhole photographer. Her technique is excellent, however her work seems to fall short of fine art for me personally. She claims to be exploring a dreamlike state in a lot of her work. However, none of her photos translate that way to me. She did a series on all the places she has ever slept. It does not engage the viewer at all. She uses the same angles for most of her shots which is not interesting nor lead the viewer in any way. Some of them that show movement or a ghost image are on the verge of being engaging but still lack some key element. I have the same criticism for her series on garden ornmanents. Her series on China is however very interesting and dynamic. It documents different cultures and compositions. Her pinhole portrait photography is great as well. i like how she distorts the focus off the subject or how she uses the pinhole to create the softness around some of her subjects. She creates more interesting compositions in these photos and in her China series.

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Kelsi Frost submits Sheila Boccine

Sheila  Boccine photographs the beds and areas in which she sleeps when on vacation in America and while traveling China. I appreciate that she uses color film because that allows us to she the differences and similarities in where she ends up staying. A majority of the American hotels have crisp white sheets in contrast to China's and Asia's hotels that tend to be more colorful and "non-american".  The dream-like quality of the pinhole definitely adds to her concept of sleeping and dreaming. The title of this series is Sleeping. Dreaming.. 

Kelsi Frost submits Nhung Dang


Nhung Dang is currently a Masters student at the University of Westminster. While he may not be an established artist, he is certainly and interesting one to keep an eye out for. He claims that his heart lies with film photography over digital and it definitely shows. His pinhole photographs are in a word: disturbing. People with animal masks on and double exposures give a totally different point of view of the world that he sees. They are wonderfully produced and really beg the question of why he would take pictures they way that he does and what he sees deeper in to them.

Kelsi Frost submits Chris Whittingham


Chris Whittingham's photographs are etherial and intriguing. While his images could be considered commercial, they still have a primal photographic element that allows the viewer to relate with the pinhole softness. I appreciate the fact that it is a commercial shoot, but using the most basic of cameras possible instead of what would be the industry norm of an incredibly expensive camera and lens. There isn't much as far as a concept, other than what the models are wearing really blend well with the softness of the pinhole. The clothes are soft looking and flowy and do not contradict the softness of the overall picture.