“It’s only paper in a tiny box” is what I tell people that ask how I make pinhole images. The paper and the box are nothing special but my approach is a little different, I like to experiment with things found in nature and then manipulate them with light. I like to arrange my subjects and then let the Sun do its thing by leaving streaks on the paper as its being exposed for days at a time.
To create “Emergence I and II”, “Aloft”, and “Cosmic Landscape” I found some interesting bug skeletons, some spent flowers and also a desolate landscape and then left pinhole cameras out for a week and let nature take its course. Wind, rain, dust, and bits of debris all found their way into the cameras to make the final images.
Since the photo paper is left for days at a time being exposed to the elements in the pinhole cameras, I only scan it without developing and make a few adjustments in Photoshop to add some contrast. No chemical processing is used. I like the organic aspect of making a photo like this since it’s like capturing not just a moment in time but the evolving elements of time.