Craig J. Barber - November 2009 – Featured Pinhole Photographer

Tuesday, November 3, 2009
Craig J. Barber holding homemade pinhole cameraCraig J. Barber holding homemade pinhole camera

"For over twenty years I have worked with various pinhole cameras and the surprises and mystery of the medium continues to excite me. The simplicity of a cardboard box with a small hole and its ability to re-imagine my world is why I continue to work with this device.

I simply enjoy the way pinhole “sees” the world, a vision that is slightly askew, a vision that parallels mine. And I enjoy the fact that everything is not in my control, that chance plays an enormous roll in what I do. As long as I’ve worked with the pinhole my images still have the ability to surprise and astound me.

The pace of working with a pinhole camera is also very appealing, it feels like Zen and the Art of Photography. I feel much more in tune with my subject for I am at any given location for a longer time that I would normally be working with a conventional camera just by the nature of my exposures which range from 40 seconds to and hour or more…it is a different relationship that I have with what’s in front of my lens.

Lastly, because my work tends to be about memory, this time span of exposures resonates as time passes in front on my lens."

CK → The following pinhole photographs are from Craig's new pinhole photo series called "Sites Unseen: Rural America". These are pictures of working farms, small towns, summer playgrounds, hunting camps and open spaces. Places that are now fatigued, abandoned, overgrown, some reclaimed, but most not. Craig has traveled the world to places like, Europe, Cuba, South East Asia and has many wonderful pinhole images to show for it on his website craigbarber.com. It is an honor and a pleasure to have him part of this series and to be able to bring a few of his words and images to you in this feature. Thanks Craig.

Title: Cold Spring Hotel // Black and white pinhole photoTitle: Cold Spring Hotel // Black and white pinhole photo
Title: 3 Sawyers // Black and white pinhole photoTitle: 3 Sawyers // Black and white pinhole photo
Title: Blue Birds // Black and white pinhole photoTitle: Blue Birds // Black and white pinhole photo
Title: Andes Farm // Black and white pinhole photoTitle: Andes Farm // Black and white pinhole photo
Title: Quiet Demise // Black and white photoTitle: Quiet Demise // Black and white photo
Title: Basketball // Black and white pinhole photoTitle: Basketball // Black and white pinhole photo
Title: Pete\'s Pair // Black and white pinhole photoTitle: Pete's Pair // Black and white pinhole photo
Title: Fallen // Black and white pinhole photoTitle: Fallen // Black and white pinhole photo
Title: Harvest // Black and white pinhole photoTitle: Harvest // Black and white pinhole photo
Title: Groceries // Black and white pinhole photoTitle: Groceries // Black and white pinhole photo
Title: Thanksgiving // Black and white pinhole photoTitle: Thanksgiving // Black and white pinhole photo
Title: Voices // Black and white pinhole photoTitle: Voices // Black and white pinhole photo

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