Pinhole Project

Jason Chinn of Pinhole Project

Jason Chinn of Pinhole Project

Met up with the folks from Pinhole Project, and worked with them on their last shooting day. If you ever made a pinhole camera out of a round Quaker Oats oatmeal box that held an 8 x 10 sheet of photo paper, imagine the same thing, but in a 50 gal shipping container with a 30 x 40 inch sheet of B&W photo paper! They have a portable darkroom with large trays of chemicals, and images are processed right on the playa. Outstanding! Check out their amazing images at pinholeproject.org

Much thanks to Jason for making my first burn a memorable, participatory experience. Looking forward to working with you folks again next year.

Pinhole Project Camp with camera and darkroom trailer

Pinhole Project Camp with camera and darkroom trailer

Black Rock City Detour

The Man being prepped to burn!

The Man being prepped to burn!

I know I’ve left you all hanging in wondering what adventures we’d find in Iowa, and I’ll get back to the road trip in a bit, but first a brief detour through Black Rock City, Nevada.

The Man - Diana 151 version

The Man – Diana 151 version

The playa was really tough on the little plastic camera. It was plugged up after the second roll; half the times the shutter stuck open if it fired at all. With the heat and dust, the film was sticking to the inside, and the third roll was all scratched to shit. I won’t mention how many times I forgot to advance the film; the playa was tough on me too.

Considered setting the Diana on fire, but burning plastic is not cool. Next year I’ll bring a wooden Diana!