“You might like that,”said Roland about a year ago and gave me a business card. It said something like “photo project” and something like “The seventh day.”
I can only rarely resist interesting tips. So I looked into the internet and checked it out.Przemek Zajfert’s project involves taking a picture with a pinhole camera.Przemek Zajfert’s project involves taking a picture with a pinhole camera.
All right, I thought, and ordered two film cans for 10 EUR each. That’s a fair price for the fact that I don’t have to place the negative in a can myself and drill a hole in the right size. I’m too impatient for that. I don’t have to develop and scan the film either – wonderful. The Cameras came immediately, but they seemed so valuable and meaningful to me that I left them lying around for 11 months….
On New Year’s Eve 2012, I found myself on the roof. For a long time I had pondered where and how I would fix the cans – especially in winter with snow. The images should be as different as possible, so I took one direction to the west (1), one direction to the north (2). I was curious to know if you would see the traces of the night fireworks, and I already suspected that the shaky ventilation cap might lead to a double contour for Motive 2. Never mind!
Then the waiting started: In summer, 7 days of exposure time, in winter it is two weeks. After that, you take the cans back in, take the negative out of the can and send it back to Przemek Zajfert. A little later you can download your image from the password-protected gallery. The motifs are also shown in the public gallery and on facebook.
Anyone who has ever wanted to experiment with such a pinhole camera: it couldn’t be easier.
You can’t control the distribution of tyour pictures: every project participant has access to the password-protected gallery and can download the originals. Still, I enjoyed it. I have just ordered three more Cameras. This time it will be quicker to set up and to send it in!
This is a blog post from the participant Jacqueline Esen. Visit her blog here.