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This image was made in the fall of 1966. I had just started Jr. College and had a great art teacher, Dana Smith, this was my first time out with a pin-hole camera. She set the challenge that has been with me for forty years. Imagine what you want the finish product to look like and stay with it until you are there.
This was shot with a cardboard box for wooden matches and to bags of Lima beans to steady the exposure. The field was across from a store in my neighborhood, the box camera was set on a traffic cone and it was raining, not hard, but one of those "cool you off" rains when it had been to hot for October in Texas. The film was echtachrome, asa 180, and was rolled up inside the box. The pin-hole was made with a needle and the tape for the shutter was opened for about 20 seconds. Think I got three exposures on the roll but had to go back to the darkroom each time, to keep from cutting the five foot piece of film.
In the story Pin-Hole, no electronics, no glass.
Also by Michael Billert
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