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City Pinhole

Academic journal article Afterimage

City Pinhole

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I've been using pinhole cameras for a number of years to photograph a variety of settings. This current group of images focuses on the urban context. My original intent was to focus only on the elements that are "native" to the urban context: buildings, streets, cars, people. However, as I have continued with the project. I have noticed the focus gradually shifting toward the occasional intersection of natural and urban elements.

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Pinhole cameras, of course, have some very specific limitations and possibilities which are not a function of using more conventional cameras: the tiny aperture (approximately f200) allows for essentially limitless depth of field while simultaneously forcing lengthy exposures even in the brightest light (four seconds to several minutes). To take advantage of this unlimited depth of field, I have placed my camera at ground level, which enlarges the elements close to the camera while making distant objects shrink in scale. Consequently, our typical sense of order and significance is reversed. Small, discarded objects suddenly become larger and more important, while huge buildings in the background begin to look like dollhouses. …

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