A photoclasm, a ramble and an important appeal.


I’ve grown a little tired of Holga grunge, of double exposures and happenstance. I’m just a touch weary of double exposures and silhouettes and sun spangles. I want to plan. I want to direct. I want to boss models around.

Well, that was the plan.

A few months ago I approached a local model via Model Mayhem. Being naturally a little skeptical about glamour, and not being too glamourous myself, I don’t think the model, who kindly donated her time, knew what to expect. But I did.

Carefully thought-out pinhole exposures, using the model’s movement as a brush against the landscape. Beautifully distressed Polaroid shots, using that cranky new film. Maybe even some clear, crisp, classical portraits.

This is what I got:

Strange mirror. Holga 120WPC, Rodinal, antique developing equipment.

So what happened?

My developing spool broke.

This just about drove me crazy. Then I remembered I had an old antique developing drum. I’d never used it. But surely it couldn’t work any differently, could it?.

Well. it did. And I got this crazy-beautiful result.

And I’m feeeling less lo-fi-jaded. More happenstance-happy again.

Well, that’s the photoclasm, and the ramble. What about the appeal?

Please help

I have a student who is in dire straits. He is a refugee who has sudden financial obligations and he needs help to meet them.

I have set up a temporary site, Charity Art Sale, where you can donate to this cause.

If you donate, I will send you a unique digital art work, based on the “Strange Mirror”, but individualised by subtly including visual elemments from public domain images of African culture.

Please consider passing this link on. Please consider donating. Please regard this as a heartfelt and genuine appeal, because it is.

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Pinhole Party


World Pinhole Camera Day will be celebrated around the world on April 29.

Is it a public holiday in your country? It should be. Imagine the fun and festivity. Mind you, it would have to be a very sedate festivity, if we were to capture any of using the long exposure times pinhole photography requires.

So, until the time comes when this important day is enshrined as an international holiday, it’s up to us to spread the fun.

There are many sites out there with simple instructions. Don’t forget DSLR users – you already have a pinhole camera. All you need to do us modify your camera’s body cap.

Do have a look at the official Pinhole site.

Readers in the Central Queensland region can meet me and other CQU lecturers for the event at 9.30 AM, at the botanic gardens in Mackay. In Rockhampton, I’ll be with CQU students and members of the Saturday Safari social photography group at the Rockhampton Botanical Gardens at 3.30PM, meeting at the kiosk.

And now, some pinhole photos. Let me know what you think. And let me know if you plan to do something (or if you did do something) for World Pinhole Day.

pibhole camera up the escalator