Pinhole: East Gate on Flickr.
This is one of the few images I was able to salvage from two rolls I managed to ruin while developing. I go back and forth on this idea of whether pinhole images should have a deep, lo-fi feel. Sometimes I think it works well if the images look like they’ve been run through a meat grinder…other times, I think it looks lazy and justifies the “I thought all pinholes look like blurry hot messes” comments I sometimes get from people who haven’t seen high quality pinhole results. You can see my struggle with this concept here (Garbage Out Isn’t Always Garbage)…with this photo specifically … after I’d scanned the neg using a photocopier.
Bah, I’m still struggling to figure out what I’m trying to do with all of this. Am i an artist or am I an amateur who happens to shoot pinholes instead of dslr? I look around to some local peers, happy that they’re succeeding, but also wondering what I need to do to be more sucessful (and honestly, trying to figure out what the hell I even mean by “sucessful”). But I think I’m getting through it. i have a project idea to combine something I wrote with some pinhole work.
Zero Image 69, F235, Ilford Pan F+, about 3 seconds, poorly developed, slight red tint applied in PhotoShop
Image taken Feb. 2011