April 28th was Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day 2013. I loaded up my MintyCam with 35mm film and my Zero Image with 120 film and headed out the door.
Pinhole photography is difficult, despite the simplicity of the cameras. At least I struggle with it.
My first attempt at pinhole photography was during an alternative photo processes class at the Smithsonian. I used a Quaker Oats container and photo paper. The results weren’t very good. And that’s when I actually GOT results!
I built a matchbox pinhole camera a few years ago and was thrilled to get ANY images on the film.
Not to be deterred, I came across the website of Chris Keeney. He’s a great resource for all things pinhole, including the MintyCam, a pinhole camera made from an Altoids tin.
I bought a MintyCam from Chris and ran a roll through it for last year’s Worldwide Pinhole Day. Success! To see the entire roll from last year’s Pinhole Day, check out my Flickr set WPPD 2012.
The pressure was on for this year. I’m happy to say that both the Zero Image AND the MIntyCam came through with flying colors!
All of the photos from Pinhole Day 2013 are in my Flickr set WPPD 2013. Take a peek and let me know what you think.
A couple of weeks ago I sold my backup DSLR. It served me well, but I nowadays I’m more interested in using film cameras, especially vintage ones. I really enjoy giving old cameras a new life.
Because I suffer from a moderate case of G.A.S. (aka “Gear Acquisition Syndrome”), I’ve acquired more than a few new-to-me film cameras. Recently, a friend contacted me to see if I’d like to have a Voigtlander Bessa folding camera. He wrote:
“I found it in my grandparents basement about 15 years ago. It was in with some stuff that belonged to my late great uncle who died in the 60s. It had film when I found it.”
How could I say no?! Unfortunately the old film that was in the camera didn’t have any images on it when he had it developed. The camera is in excellent condition. Clearly it had been lovingly cared for.
I put a roll of black and white film through the Bessa on a walk to the library. I stopped at Poplar Pond, one of my favorite photo spots, and shot a few frames.
I’ve run a roll of color film through the camera, too, and I love the results.
Many thanks to Brian for giving me this fabulous camera.