Storm King

Mark di Suvero, Frog Legs, 2002

Mark di Suvero, Frog Legs, 2002

I love Storm King, and it had been way too long since the last time I stopped there. This time we were lucky; the weather couldn’t be beat, and there was a new show by the Chinese artist Zhang Huan. Go see it while you can!

Storm King Art Center is an outdoor museum north of New York City, not far from Beacon.

These photos were made using an ONDU 6×6 camera.


Zhang Huan, Three Legged Buddha, 2007

Zhang Huan, Three Legged Buddha, 2007

Zhang Huan, Peace No. 2, 2001

Zhang Huan, Peace No. 2, 2001

Mount Saint Michael

Above the neighborhood of Hillyard in Spokane, WA lies a place that was filled with mystery when I was growing up. Every so often on an autumn night we would see a giant cross burning up on the hill. This would stir up all sorts of scary stories about the place among my friends and I. We deduced that there was devil worshiping going on up there. Devil worshipping! Happening in our own backyard! We could almost feel the curses being thrown down on us from the bluff high above. There were stories in high school about kids getting kidnapped if they tried to go up there to investigate. They would be used for whatever satanic ritual was going on. We didn’t really know what that meant but we did know that we didn’t ever want to be a part of it. That didn’t keep us from, every once in awhile, driving at least partway up the bluff to test our luck.

That place is Mount Saint Michael. When I was back home visiting two weekends ago I was scouting out places I could pinhole for this website and decided I needed to explore this place that gave me such fear as a teenager. I found my way up to the top and was greeted with…..


Candy colored sunbeams.

What a pleasant place!

The grounds were originally a Jesuit mission and eventually became a farm that supplied food  for Gonzaga University. In 1977 it changed hands to a Catholic congregation that was led by a man named Francis Schuckardt. He declared himself  the “true pope” and became the first bishop of the Sedevacantism movement in the US (according to Wikipedia).

There is a Dan Brown novel in here somewhere.

As I wandered around I found the Jesuit Cemetery where I sat for awhile, made some pinhole shots, and enjoyed the view. The place might have a weird history, but it was sure beautiful.

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These were made with a Schlem P6*6 3d printed pinhole camera and Ektar film. They were all exposed for about 5 seconds (give or take).

Pinholed in Amsterdam – Reblog

I am Amsterdam
Whats the first thing that springs to mind when you think of Amsterdam?
Was your guess world wide pinhole photography day 2014?

What started as an amusing and light hearted discussion on twitter between Inge, Alex and Monica became a full scale pinhole meetup in Amsterdam. There was was a good sized group of us from all over the world. The sight of 13 pinhole photographers meandering very slowly around the streets of Amsterdam was a fun but surreal experience. Despite how it looks from the photo filled post below I really did not shoot very much during the event. I spent most of my time looking at cameras and chatting to people that I had only ever known through the Internet. There is talk of visiting the USA for the event next year – roll on WPPD 2015

Alex did such a great job of distilling the feelings of the day over on his site that I suggest to get a full flavour of the day out you have a read of his blog.
Monica wrote a great bit about what happened when the full team from met in person – spoiler alert – IT WAS AWESOME.

All my images from the day -

Zero Image 4×5 Pinhole Camera (Horseman 120 rollback fitted)
Film: Kodak Portra 160
Dev: Tetenal C-41 Kit
Focal Length:25mm

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Killinthomas Turf Camp – Kildare

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In the years 1939 to 1945 large scale turf camps were built on the Bog of Allen with a view to harvesting turf on an industrial scale. This was part of Irelands efforts to be self sufficient during the second world war. The camps were home to men from all over Ireland that came to cut the bog for fuel. 

The bog camps are long closed and not much remains of them but the hidden inside the Killinthomas woods you can find the decaying buildings of Irelands past. I walked around the old dining hall, the crumbling dormitories and found an old boiler room. In the middle of the former grounds standing on its own is the old telegraph station.

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Homemade 4×5 Pinhole Camera (Horseman 120 rollback fitted)
Film: Kodak Ektar 100
Dev: Tetenal C-41 Kit
Focal Length:50mm
Exposure:Various – I have notes don’t be afraid to ask…

Grounds for Sculpture

Three graces, Toshiko Takaezu, 1994

Three graces, Toshiko Takaezu, 1994

Back in April I suddenly found myself at Grounds for Sculpture, which is an open air sculpture museum near Trenton, NJ. Grounds for Sculpture opened in 1992 on the former New Jersey State Fairgrounds, and was founded by J. Seward Johnson, who maintains a studio on site. The park includes quite a few of his painted bronze figures, plus a huge and varied collection of contemporary sculpture. It’s a great place to spend the day – we ate lunch in the café and the kids were enthralled by the many peacocks that have the run of the place.

These photos were made using an ONDU 6×6 camera.

Nature’s Laugh, Gunnar Theel, 1992

Nature’s Laugh, Gunnar Theel, 1992

Untitled, Kiki Smith, 2006

Untitled, Kiki Smith, 2006

Portland’s Lan Su Chinese Garden


Five of Diamonds: Lan Su Chinese Garden

Last weekend I was wandering around the Saturday Market, shooting pinhole (of course) and found the tent of artist Aaron Voronoff Trotter. He was selling his hand-drawn playing cards. I was aware of his Portland I deck but hadn’t seen his others. He was selling a new one: Secrets Of Portland – all in color and all featuring obscure places around the city. Of course I bought it. I thought it would be a nice complement to what I post here. Looking through the deck I’ve noticed that many of the Portland locations that I’ve posted about are in here! So it’s perfect. I thought it might be fun to pick a card and then just go explore whatever card I choose.

Let’s pretend I randomly chose the 5 of Diamonds and that it was the impetus for my adventure to Portland’s Lan Su Chinese Garden, anachronistically, a few months ago, shall we? Ok.

Oh hey! Side note! According to this astrology website:

5 of Diamonds: Happiness and success. A change for the better. A birth, or good news for a child. A good time to start new projects.


I had to walk through a sketchy part of town to get here but once inside the walls of the Lan Su Chinese Garden I felt like I was inside an oasis. And, indeed, I was. It is beautiful here. One can wander around and look at the beauty around them but they are missing out if they use only the sense of sight to experience this place. The paths are meant to we walked on barefoot, for example, so you can experience the feel of concrete patterns on the bottom of your feet.

The garden was built 14 years ago to recognize Suzhou, Portland’s sister city in China. The name of the garden is a mashup of the two city names: Lan = Portland, Su= Suzhou. Clever!

When I was here I used my new Zero 45. I am still trying to get used to this camera and I believe this was my first outing with the 120 roll back for it. I tried  all of the various options on this camera: with and without the extra extension frame. Zone plate. Etc. Unfortunately, I don’t know what I did for each of these photos. I’m afraid this is the roll in which I cave and become a notebook user. Yes, I understand now, the need to use a notebook.

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Camera: Zero Image 4×5 with Graflex “23″ rollback and 1 extension frame.
Film: Portra 160 & Arista 100
Dev: C-41 (Lab)
Focal Length: 50mm
Aperture: f176

You can learn more about the Secrets of Portland Playing cards (and pick up a deck for yourself) here.

WPPD in Amsterdam

So! Amsterdam! The four of us actually met each other in person and had a really fun time shooting pinholes, as well as chatting, eating, drinking, and hanging out. If you visit our “About” page you will see a new pinhole group shot of us in Rotterdam where Inge and her husband showed us around her wonderful city. We got to see the Cube Houses in person!! I am not sure how to begin to write about how amazing my experience was there. So I think I will just show you the pictures. Here is a gallery of shots I took on World Pinhole Day. Click through to see more details.

These were all shot with a Zero 2000 and Ektar 100.

Check out Alex’s great write-up of the day on his blog, Pinholista!

You can also see some of the WPPD submissions for our group on the Pinholeday website.

I believe the rest of the Pinhole Obscura gang are going to post their photos from the day as well, so stay tuned for more WPPD 2014 fun!