“Being that the weather would not be suitable for pinhole shots outside, I decided to setup a studio shot with the two nautilus shells. I used Harman Direct positive B&W paper, exposure took 10 minutes.”
“My pinhole camera is a Zero Image 4×5 multi format. It can use film or photo paper. For this picture I used direct positive photo paper. It has an f/238.”
“My image is a historical fountain that is very unique because of its age, shape and texture. This fountain sits in the middle of a cobblestone street in downtown Richmond Virginia. It should be on every visitor’s list.”
“My camera is handmade wooden box with a Polaroid shutter lens,a Graflex 4×5 film holder and a cable release. My exposure was 20 seconds with Ilford black & white.”
Please take a moment to view the article regarding my resent visit to the Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden in Richmond, VA. I had the opportunity to show my pinhole camera made out of Legos to local visitors of the garden’s Nature Connects®: Art with LEGO® Bricks exhibit.
“RVA as Seen Through the Pinhole” will open as a part of the First Friday’s ArtWalk, 5-9p on Friday, September 5 at Elegba Folklore Society’s Cultural Center. This exhibition of black and white photographs is produced by the artist, James W. Draper, Jr., using the techniques of pinhole photography.
“RVA as Seen Through the Pinhole” is a series of photographs depicting scenes around Richmond. This series demonstrates the artist’s fascination with the light tight box or camera obscura and its potential. Says Draper, “The pinhole camera is unconventional photography that challenges the analog in me. The pinhole gives me freedom to go beyond traditional photography.” Because the camera obscura functions like a projector or like a recorder, it can support creativity in the pinhole artist by producing unique images and ideas.
A pinhole camera and imagery to record will be included in the exhibition, and visitors to the cultural center can try it out.
The Ęlęgba Folklore Society’s Cultural Center is located on 101 East Broad St. in the downtown RVA arts district at the corner of 1st and Broad Street and the exhibit will beavailable Sept. 5th — Nov. 30th. For more information visit their website: www.efsinc.org