San Diego California High School Senior Portrait Session With Amanda

Monday, June 4, 2012

I recently had the pleasure of doing a portrait session with Amanda who graduated from high school this fall in San Diego, Southern California. I picked the image below to start off with because I think it says it all about our session. It shows Amanda smiling in whatever portrait scenario she was in. I also shows Amanda's mom, Nel helping out with a reflector. Thanks Nel for all your help!






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Thursday, August 16, 2012

Laurie Beck Peterson - May 2012 CK Pinhole Photographer Feature

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Laurie Beck Peterson is an artist currently living in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and she is the May 2012 pinhole photographer feature on It is a pleasure and a honor to be able to have her part of this ongoing series.

"I first began shooting in pinhole as a way to make light resists for my non-silver work. These initial images were fairly small, about 3X3 contact prints, as I liked to use my wide-angle pinhole camera made from an old box that contained note cards. I especially liked the box, maybe even more than the pinhole images I made at first, because it had all sorts of great illustrations of women dressed up in Asian clothing, but who didn’t look at all Asian. I found it curious. These small pinhole images were wonderful when I contact printed from them, but I soon began scanning the pinhole images to make larger light resists on pictorico film, to use for non-silver images printed up to 16X16.  
One image that holds a special place for me is Hammersmith and City Lines.  I made this image in a train station in London at the height of the car bomb scares around 2005. I was so engrossed in what I was doing, setting up the box so that I could get the great span of light that entered the image from the top right and making sure the people waiting for the train didn’t leave, that I failed to notice the police surrounding me. It wasn’t long before they took me away and questioned what I was doing setting up a box in a train station. I talked my way out of being arrested and only received a citation. They thought I was nuts I’m sure, and didn’t believe that I could make a picture with a note card box. Thankfully they never asked me to open it to show them how it worked, because I had already exposed the film.
The majority of my pinhole work is printed in platinum/palladium or gum bichromate. The marriage of the slow to expose pinhole image, with it’s sometimes ethereal results and the time consuming hand process of non-silver printing fills the void left by the immediacy of the digital world I live in with my commercial work."
CK - I recently stumbled onto Laurie's pinhole photo of the children standing in the lake. When I looked at the photo it reminded me of our children and how they are growing up so fast now. That the past seems like a dream and who knows what the future will bring. I enjoyed her story about how she was almost arrested for being in possession of a mysterious looking object that most people would not think could create photographs. I too have been stopped by security people asking questions about what exactly I'm doing with this object that looks more like a box or coffee can than a camera. Reminding me that some of the most simply crafted devices are capable of creating amazing and inspiring artwork. 



All photographs (C) Laurie Beck Peterson and reproduced by permision



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Sunday, April 1, 2012

Hilary Seatter is a Scottish artist living and working in the Shetland Islands. I was born in Edinburgh and my Grandfather was from the Orkney Isles where I brought up my children in the glorious fresh air and delightful surroundings that inspire my work today.

Outline of a pinhole photography project and development story:

I spend a lot of time walking and cycling around my local countryside. My Island isolation helps to provoke ideas and triggers a non-stop flow of imaginative thoughts and stories in my mind.  As an artist I enjoy telling these stories through imagery and I am always experimenting with different ways to do this from photography to textiles, animation to screen-printing. I love working outside in the field, and I do actually mean ‘in the field!’.
My small mobile coffee business which provides me with an income also provided me with the idea for trying pinhole photography.  After a busy season I had lots of empty hot chocolate pots and a pending design brief for my degree work.  In my spare time I was cycling around my area and I began to see series of objects appearing in front of me:  water hydrants, stones, birds, different terrains, weather patterns, light moods and such like. It grew in my head that I should make some cameras and play around with these objects and the light as I cycled around.  
On my return to the University for my final year in Contemporary Textiles I took with me a beautiful collection of my first pinhole photographs (which worked out perfectly first time thanks to an article featured on your site showing a step by step guide to making and using the Oatmeal camera). 
With an added stroke of luck our first brief was to represent the celebration year of bio-diversity, 2010. The grouping together of images in my mind from my summer outings began to form into a series of work exploring six different habitats; the land, the birds and the plants etc that live within them. I set out with my six chocolate pot cameras and began gathering images and information for my project.  
After much consideration and experimentation I began to work with these images in the darkroom.  Using a mixture of the traditional photography through to digital, drawings, paintings, airbrushing and screen-printing I created a series of screen printed collages which ultimately became the master prints for my collection of interior fabrics designed at bringing the outside environment inside the home.
As my final degree project approached I found that my fascination with darkroom work and the understanding of how to use light for ‘drawing’ was intensifying.  I was surrounded in a colourful environment with beautiful yarns, people knitting and weaving yet all I wanted to do was go into the dark, be alone and play with light.  I experimented for weeks with pinhole images, acetates, projectors and then one morning as I passed a coffee machines in my work room, stripped down to the chassis for repair, I saw exactly what I was looking for.  The motor, the pump, the casing, the pipes, the boiler – all the different parts that bring a machine to life; this was to become the new narrative for my story, Vyeshch – an object with soul.
As my understanding of light and photographic processes strengthened and with a new set of images to play with I hit lucky whilst experimenting with printing - suddenly there in front of me was the most beautiful delicate silk hologram.  
Exploiting the moiré effect appearing between layers of silk fabric I began to created my final  collection – huge silk holograms featuring giant photographic representations of machine parts.  The work was granted a solo exhibition, awarded a distinction and given the overall prize for achievement. 
After leaving the University I found myself still craving to further my interest in pinhole photography.  Again this fascination with collections of the things surrounding me became heightened.  I began to ask questions about the huge stones I had noticed placed intermittently along our roadsides in Shetland. There are twelve stones and they have plaques upon them. I began to stop the car and take photographs of the stones; I was amazed at the size of them when standing close up.  The atmospherics were moving and changing around the stones so quickly that I realized the long exposure pinhole lens was the way to capture this. Cloud movement, mist, gentle winter light began to make me hungry for big dramatic representations of what I was seeing in front of me. This is when it struck me to upsize my cameras and paper and I began working out how i might solve this. The materials were going to be expensive and the results unknown, however, Shetland Arts agency had put a call out for artists to apply for grants to develop in their work.  I applied, they liked the idea, granted me some funding and so I began to work on the Shetland Road Stones project.  So this is where you find me today, clambering up the hills, over fences, hauling huge buckets around trying to catch little bursts of the Shetland light as it returns for the summer.
Over the next couple of months leading into a period of 24 hrs of daylight I will find and capture the stones as giant pinhole images.  I will use raw light to ‘paint’ the story of the stones, and remind people of how they came to be erected as markers of progress. They represent the resourcefulness and development of the Shetland people, everything here is brought in by boat; the people are tough and inventive, independent and determined to succeed. I like this.
And so I hope that my story brings the stones back into conversation over a cup of tea and re-unites the people that remember the days of progress from 1974 to 1984 as new roads were built and the benefits of the oil rich North Sea brought wealth, stability and employment into the local Shetland economy.
It is a poignant story as Shetland again enters a new phase of energy provision through the highly controversial wind farm proposals.  This time it is not oil and gas but wind power that threatens the people and their landscape. Again there will be new road systems and the challenge to an Island community in dealing with new things and the inevitable of progress and change.
-CK - I have to admit, I've been having some difficultly keeping the pinhole series alive and going well. So when I got a very nice email from Hilary one day, introducing me to her photos and story I was happy to hear it. I liked her romantic and inspiring approaches she was using to make her pinhole photos. How the art form found her in a way showing her these whole new dimensions she had never seen before. I also liked how art can change people in a good way. I can imagine Hilary sitting on a small boulder near one of her large black tub pinhole cameras, opening the pinhole and then waiting there while she watches and listens to the wind moving the clouds over the sky. A time to mediation and reflection about the moment and environment you are part of. This I feel is one of the interesting characteristics of making pinhole photos with photographic paper negative. The process requires you to wait and be patient while the light/image being created on the paper. Multiple moments in time all captured in one still image. I think to myself, how long has that big rock been sitting there and was it part of a bigger rock, if so, when and where?
I enjoy the fact that this series features artists from all over the world. How I can help share with you Hilary's pinhole story and how she uses it to create her art. So thank you Hilary for sharing your creative journey with us here. 

And for those of you who have left comments and sent me emails about keeping the features coming… I appreciate that. Thank you. It's a labor of love so any positive words are always welcome. Cheers! -Chris

Silk holograms inspired by pinhole photography, darkroom work and a growing love and understanding of working with light.

Large scale silk hologram in red and green, motor 1mtr x 1mtr.  Inspired by pinhole holograph projected by light.

New Designers, London 2010, display by Hilary Seatter, silk scarfs and small hologram inspired by pinhole photography.

Interior fabric development called River Estuary, collection of pinhole photographs, drawings and screenprinted designs.

Interior fabric development from the pinhole work. This fabric features pinhole picture planticrub, a traditional method

Interior fabric designed from the Auld Wife pinhole collection, walk taken in Skellister Shetland

A screenprinted combination work, the images are taken with my pinhole cameras, this work represents aquaculture in Shetland.

Planticrub, Skellister, Shetland summer light, 5x7" pinhole contact print

Pinhole picture 5x7" contact print , winter light Skellister Shetland

My first giant pinhole pictures taken at 40 seconds exposure from the bucket cameras. 20" x 24". Paper negative check by digital reversal.

Vidlin Road Stone 1984, one of the last stones erected.. Bucket camera pinhole negative, spring light. Paper 20 by 24 inches.

Vidlin Road Stone. This is a contact print which I have under exposed to create a dramatic effect. This is a granite and quartz.

The Auld Wife, Granite and Quartz, pinhole picture 5" x 7".  Cloud movement visible, windy day.

Rocking fishing boat, pinhole paper negative 5" x 7", autumn light.

Pilot boats in harbour, pinhole paper negative 5" x 7"

Gathering supplies for bucket camera ready to start new project.

Setting up the shot, Girlsta, Shetland Road Stone project.  Stone erected 1978.  Paper loaded in camera 20" x 24".

In-home DIY Pinhole Darkroom with large developing trays for paper negatives

 Hilary Seatter, self portrait taken in the garden mid morning, 20”x24” giant pinhole picture.

All Photos Copyright (C) 2012 Hilary Seatter and Reproduced by Permission



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Thank you so much for this feature Chris, your site is inspirational and I would not be anywhere near the level of achievement with my pinhole work without the photographers and artists that join you.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012