I made a special camera to photograph the interior of the Rotunda of the Washington State Capitol. It’s a magnificent space. Conventional imaging can’t possibly do justice to the amazing volume it encloses. This view includes from just below the horizon to dead vertical; the zenith. It’s more distorted than it looks.
This image was made prior to the Nisqually earthquake (2001).
After working in photography for about ten years, in the mid 1970’s, I decided that my experience with the medium could not be considered complete unless I explored the simplest possible camera, the pinhole camera. That began a long fascination. The forthcoming exhibit as described below represents, for myself, a sort of grand culmination.
The image at the top of this press release is one of mine. It was used as the cover image on the first edition of Eric Renner’s book Pinhole Photography: ….
I joined many of my colleagues from all over the world for the opening in Santa Fe on April 26 and 27. It was great to meet many people whose work I’ve been seeing and enjoying for about thirty years.
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I’ve made a pinhole specifically for shooting portraits with the NEX. It’s equivalent focal length is 55mm, which gives it a perspective similar to an 85mm lens on a 35mm camera. Here’s Jane, in one of a test series. Using electronic flash at f/180 or so is a challenge, since I want a nice light quality.
It seems to me that that the pinhole image is a really useful portrait medium because it suppresses detail but retains the essence.