A couple of years ago at a PSPCS camera show, Mike Immel approached me. ” I have something for you”, he said while caressing a lovely chunk of what appeared to be polished lumber. See, that’s just it. This 4×5 camera makes you want to stroke it. It’s heavy, smooth and sturdy. Simple even. Anyway, sporting his usual smile, Mike held it out to me. I was dumbfounded that he would just give it away like that. I snagged a few cheap 4×5 film holders at the camera show and took this lovely pinhole camera out into the river mud. I have no history on this camera. It might be a kit, but I think it’s someone’s personal project.
Since that day, this pinhole camera has made numerous trips to the muddy banks of our local rivers. I don’t worry about river mud mucking up the mechanisms, since it doesn’t have any mechanisms.
The original pinhole was a bit large, making for some dull images. Duller even than my usual images. I made a smaller pinhole from a pie tin and swapped it out. Here, I used FPP 4×5 Frankenstein film in Rodenal developer.
I used some of these 4×5 negs to make cyanotypes on glass pieces I had found in the rivers.
Here are some other-than-mud shots:
Side note: The anatomy of a gown self portrait shoot.
I set the camera to interval shooting – 20 second intervals times 30 shots. This gives me enough time in between shots to re-compose myself. Also, the strobes have definitely recycled by the next shutter firing. As the firing begins, I finish setting up.