Some people look at art and say, “Well I could do that!” and the answer back is always, “Yes indeed, and an artist is the person who actually does it”. So too, photographer Nancy Breslin has shown how the simplest of devices, a pinhole camera, can produce powerful images rich with interpretation. Notable among her extensive work is her project Squaremeals: A Pinhole Diary of Eating Out which consists of thousands of pinhole photographs of her restaurant meals, all shot on film in a Zero 2000 pinhole camera. The tiny aperture of this camera (f/138) requires relatively long exposures (seconds outside, minutes to hours inside). Meals are a perfect subject due to the combination of movement (people, glassware) and stillness (the room itself).
tmax 400 film, zero 2000 pinhole camera
Pinhole cameras, sometimes called camera obscura, have become popular again because of the astonishing images they capture and because they remind us of how our fascination with the screen all started. Want to learn more?
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from The Washington City Paper
It’s a great day for GWU student filmmakers. In March 2011, they took the Grand Jury Award for student film at the D.C. Independent Film Festival. Today, it was announced they won another award, the District’s “Best Film”. They accepted it from Mayor Gray at the campus. And more great news: their dramatic documentary on rehabilitation after imprisonment goes to distribution at SnagFilms.
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