Wake Me When They’re Ready

A pinhole camera is a variation of Camera obscura. The camera obscura (Latin: “dark chamber”) is an optical device that led to photography and the photographic camera. The device consists of a lightproof box or room with a hole in one side. Like the Camera obscura the pinhole camera is a simple camera without a lens and with a single small aperture, a pinhole – effectively a lightproof box or container with a small hole in one side which becomes the lens. Light from the scene passes through this single point and projects an inverted image on the photographic paper or film negative on the opposite side of the box. Pinhole camera exposures can take a few seconds or take as long as several months. So when I place my camera with a vision of what may be recorded, the camera not only captures the physical word but also the the effects of time.

Such cameras were later adapted by Joseph Nicephore Niepce, Louis Daguerre and William Fox Talbot for creating the first photographs. William Henry Fox Talbot was a British scientist, inventor and photography pioneer who invented the salted paper and calotype processes, precursors to photographic processes of the later 19th and 20th centuries. When I use pinhole camera to photograph the world around me, I feel like I am channeling William Fox Talbot.

“No matter how slow the film, (the) Spirit always stands still long enough for the photographer It has chosen”—Minor White, Mirrors, Messages, Manifestations.