This post has been a long time coming, mainly due to me being distracted by work and not having enough time to translate some of the content. Shortly after I launched pinholista.com I was contacted by Cédric Duhez about his project with another French photographer. Sébastien Béghin. What was instantly intriguing about their project was the size of the camera and the eventual size of the images they are creating. Hopefully you’re now intrigued as well, so carry on Pinholista.
The remaining text of this post is translated (any errors are my own) from the press release of the Hole In project, you can find the original here.
The Hole In Project
At this time when so many photographs are digital, photography should reinvent itself. Two photographers are using the history of the photograph to give it a new style. Their aim is to accomplish a unique work, large, and by hand.
For this, they have made themselves a camera of 2 x 3 meters and suggest you enter inside to experience it! From the start to the eventual appearance of the photo on the paper you can discover a unique project in France: HOLE IN (www.holein.fr) by Sébastien Béghin and Cédric Duhez.
Here is an example picture from this project.
How is such an image created? Read on!
The genesis of the project
Collaborations can foster creativity, and for these two photographers this was the case. A photographic adventure like this one, because of its enormous size, can not be achieved by a single person. Fortunately Cédric and Sébastien have the same desire in their lives, to create different images!
They have each been trying for a long time to accomplish a unique large work using the chemistry of photography and their know-how. Shortly after they met and discovered their joint interest in the same photographic follies, they decided to embark on the adventure of giant pinhole!
Why pinhole and why so large?
Within a camera obscura, it is possible to experience magic…to see an image on the wall of this camera is just gorgeous! If a photo-sensitive emulsion is placed on the wall then the photograph will be frozen in time. To create a clear picture it is necessary that the size of the surface, the diameter of the hole, and the exposure time are calculated accurately.
The goal of the photographers:
A pinhole camera can be as small as a match box, but for Cédric and Sébastien the goal is to make large images (1×2 meters!). They can enter the camera to see the picture before exposing the image. This is a portable, travelling, removable, and light impermeable camera that can be used to compose a series of images.
Here is a picture of the box in its completed state.
How is the camera made?
The details of the assembly and disassembly required for each photo are listed below, it takes one day to make one photo!
- It takes 1 hour to build the camera
- They enter the camera to see the image
- It then takes 15 minutes to ensure the camera is light-tight and to decide on the composition of the image.
- The paper is placed into the camera in complete darkness by blocking the pinhole
- The image is exposed for 10 minutes
- After exposure, the paper is rolled up and stored in a light-tight container
- After exposure, it takes 30 minutes to remove the camera
- Then the photographers enter the darkroom under safe-light
- The paper is developed using normal processes
- Finally they see the image on paper
There are some further pictures on the press-release which explain the steps.
Using a sponge to develop the photograph
The process used to create the image allows Cédric and Sébastien to create a large-scale work. Their additional decision to create the photograph using a sponge as a brush accentuates the uniqueness of the work.
Time is an important element!
The principle of this series requires considerable investment. Time has become the key factor in the creating the photographs. Using the most ancient method of photography, they are able to create unique and modern images.
The images are created in Nord Pas de Calais (a region in Northern France) where time passes, and technology evolves. The two photographers show in this series the dynamics of the region over time.
The aim of the project:
The eventual aim is to present a series of photographs through an exhibition in an emblematic place of art in Nord Pas de Calais in order to allow the general public to discover this old process showing various places in the region.
The exhibition will show ten large works set around the giant camera, accompanied by informative videos that will show both interactive and artistic. To achieve this, Cédric and Sébastien have been accompanied by a videographer and a professional photographer to help communicate the work from the various sites and to track the entire project.
I hope you are as intrigued as I am by Cédric and Sébastien’s work and their huge pinhole camera. If you want to find out more about their project then please contact them through www.holein.fr. All that remains is for me to thank them both for getting in touch with pinholista.com and to remind you that all images on this post are copyright of the Holein project, as always I’ll be grateful if you respect that. Happy Shooting and Happy New Year!