To take a can and convert it into a pinhole camera is something that many photographers have done and will keep doing for the next millennium.
A positive black&white paper is the sensitive support recording the light and image, following the ancient camera obscura principles. The negative resulting is the either scanned and inverted into a positive image, or simply reprinted with another black and white paper.
Distortions and a plethora of defects enrich the resulting pictures, as only such an analogue technique can obtain.
I can too
I discovered that New York is not what I thought it was, a Contemporary Cosmopolis with a post-contemporary aesthetics: grey but shiny, with sparkling and dazzling streets.
I saw a Modern city instead, with more 19th than 21th century in it, quite decaying and musty and somehow rotten.
Grey? NYC is grey, indeed.
This made me decide to shoot some Red Scale films, to obtain images returning this mood .
Easy to understand why Coney Island is a big part of this reportage.
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Specs: Canon AE1 – 50mm 1.8 FD – Red Scale
It’s an old cotton mill, a huge structure in the Northeast of Italy, active from the second half of ‘800, and since around 1980’s inactive and left abandoned.
The project presented is a slow reportage, the result of several months of exploration around its different areas together with long exposures.
This work is influenced by the Japanese aesthetic concept of “Wabi-Sabi” applied to a typical Industrial Archaeology reality.
From its original structure typical of early XX century industries, now the landscape shown through these pictures (large and medium format with Mamiya and Linhof) becomes a newly created post-industrial stage with its peculiar scenery.
A similar process of sedimentation to that that these walls and elements went through, has been applied to the images’ capture process, using closed diaphragms (/16 to /32) and long exposures time to transfer these layers to slide films.
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