Denmark Part 4 – Copenhagen (and environs)

Hmm, it seems to have been a little while since I have updated Pinholista and it’s pretty clear that I have a huge backlog of images to load. I guess that will keep me going for a while, to be honest I’ve not shot much pinhole for a while. Work is really to blame, I’ve been travelling a lot and exhausted most weekends since I last posted on here.

Anyway, the good news is you get another set of images from Denmark, and I think this might be the last set (although I’ve got some individual ones I still might share). After we left Bornholm we spent a few days in Copenhagen to finish our holiday.

Travelling

I think its fair to say that we didn’t enjoy Copenhagen as much, but that was really due to Bornholm being so superb. We did manage to go to Tivoli (but no pinholes) and took a boat tour in the harbour, which was great. I’m amazed you can see the guy in the red sweater though, he didn’t sit down for the whole trip.

Red sweater

We did manage to make it to the very wonderful Louisiana museum, in the outskirts of Copenhagen. Its a must visit if you are in the area, some wonderful permanent exhibits and they also seem to have great temporary shows (although when we visited the show was by Yoko Ono – I’m not sure I enjoyed it). The cafe is great as well, as is the sculpture in the garden, although apparently it’s pretty hard to pinhole (I was sure I’d get it all in the frame…so it goes).

Almost art

On the Sunday A and I took a walk through Copenhagen to visit CPH Zoo, which we had enjoyed last time we visited. This time however the walk was probably more enjoyable than the zoo itself. I know it does great work (and I don’t have a problem with zoos as I think they can be a great educational resource, as well as an environmental benefit) but for some reason the atmosphere didn’t seem so good. We did, however, enjoy the wonderful park on the way to the zoo, it was good to see others had enjoyed it too.

Partied hard

The fountain in the park was most impressive as well, and makes a fitting end to this post (the first image is from the Carlsberg brewery by the way). I hope you’ve enjoyed this, I’ll try and update more frequently as we head into autumn.

Fountain

WPPD 2014 – The Aftermath

Well…it actually happened, I travelled to Amsterdam and met a bunch of people that I have only ever been in touch with on the internet. Fortunately this is not a story of financial ruin and exploitation…this is a story of just how awesome WPPD can be. To find out more read on, and maybe (just maybe) get inspired for Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day (WPPD) 2015. Many thanks to (from the top right) Moni, Brendan, Danny, Jesus, Jeff, Lorraine, Inge, Remko, Lisa-Marie, Todd and Markus… you all made this day unforgettable.

Taking the opportunity

Thinking back, its incredible that what started as a joke on Twitter quickly snowballed into a serious plan, and suddenly Inge from Pinhole Obscura and I were organising an event for WPPD. We selected Amsterdam as the venue of choice and planned some routes. Both of us were, I think absolutely petrified on the day…after all people had travelled from the US, Spain, Ireland and Germany for this one day. Fortunately it was an incredible day. I’ve said this many times but pinhole photographers are amongst the nicest people you will meet. I think that a shared passion for an obscure, old, unwieldy and unpredictable (at least to a degree) photographic process ties us together.

Reloading

Starting off from Dam Square we meandered a route through the city. I have to say it was both odd and inspiring to see a large number of tripods being set up for the first shoot. We wended our happy way through the city, picking our steps carefully through the detritus left after the King’s Day celebrations from the day and night before. Near Waterlooplein we stopped for coffee and bagels and much examination of cameras ensued (and of course some pinholes were made).

Camera envy

More meandering through the streets took us to a spot for noodles for lunch…and more pinholes were made, after which we headed to the Vondelpark. As you might be able to tell from this portrait of Jesus and Danny, it was wet, really wet. Spirits were not dampened as we split to enjoy the sites of the Vondelpark. I even managed to buttonhole a few of the participants with my digital recorded for a future episode of the Pinhole Podcast (and thank you to you all).

Jesus and Danny

We then carried on through the city, stopping in at a photography exhibition…where more pinholes were made. We eventually made our way to a Jenever bar near the red light district. Markus split to scope out some modern architecture and then returned to join the party and to find…more pinholes being made. Finally, the group called time of the jenever (boy that stuff is good) and headed back to the south side of the city (or to the station) passing by a funfair that was going full steam in Dam Square…more pinholes were made.

One last shot

Overall the day was awesome, I’ve summarised about 8-9h of fun in a few short paragraphs. I wish I’d been able to spend time with everyone. It was great to organise something for WPPD and if you are even slightly contemplating this I’d encourage you to do so. Its great, a little stressful at time when you get near to the day, but the sense of achievement and satisfaction seeing everyone having a good time and shooting pinholes is just brilliant. I’m sure that the group will organise something next year, and of course I’ll post that here. In the meantime you can see the groups images in the WPPD gallery, including my own meagre effort (also shown below). Incidentally, as these things matter, I was shooting with both my Zero 69 on Reala (as for the shot of Jesus and Danny) and with my Ondu 35mm Panoramic on Velvia 50 (as in the shot below). I metered using the Lumu and am happy to report it worked perfectly.

Happy shooting to you all, and a belated happy WPPD.

Cycles Doubled

Still wondering what to do on WPPD?

With WPPD less than one month away I thought it would be worth a final little reminder in case you’ve forgotten the most important day in the pinhole calendar. If you still don’t know what WPPD is then please check out the website…and then come back here. If you should pinhole you really need to be one of the 3000+ photographers who contribute year on year. But of course you could take that a stage further and join a group, after all everything’s more fun with more people…right?

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First up, is the workshop held by Cagliari Stenopeica, set (as you might expect) in the beautiful island of Sardinia, Italy. I know there are cheap flights from the UK…what could be better, sun, sea and pinhole. There is a fee (60 Euro) but this includes materials you will need and, lets be honest, its a bargain for a two day workshop with some really talented pinhole photographers. The workshop is aimed at all comers so even if you’ve never shot pinhole before you’ll be welcome and this could provide the perfect opportunity to take the plunge into this incredible medium. There’s some really good, detailed information on their website, which I have conveniently plugged into Google Translate (other translation engines are available) in case your Italian is not so good (basically if you’re like me and English!).

The second plug is for the London Pinhole Festival, at the Doomed Gallery in Dalston. As you’ll see, this is a three day event with an exhibition, a workshop and talks. Information is a little scant at the moment but there is a call for submissions for the exhibition on their site, and it will definitely be worth keeping updated on that one if you’re London-based.

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Finally of course, there is a little event going on in Amsterdam. We now have about 15 people signed up including from the UK, Netherlands, Germany, Spain and the US! We’ve got the plans laid out for the day and lunch is booked. If you do want to come please let us know ASAP, it will be a blast (I hope).

Berlin – new city, new experiences

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As I have mentioned previously, I took a short trip to Berlin to the opening of the Obscura Book show in Berlin. Of course, no trip to a new city would worthwhile without some time to shoot some pinhole. As well as that wonderful experience I also did something new (at least to me). I interviewed some of the Pinholistas that I met for the Pinhole Podcast.

That episode has just been released (and should be on iTunes), I’d really like to know what you think (with apologies in advance for the audio quality in places).

Spree in ice

I really should first of all thank the photographers I met in Berlin, those who I was able to interview and those who I just had a blast with. You really need to check out the work of these guys:

Kreuzberg canal

I should also name drop the other folks that I met (who may or may not also take photos…it was a bit of blur)…so many thanks to David and Petra. Finally of course the Obscura team deserve high praise for what they have achieved, thank you Mila, Larissa (again…and her sister for the lift), Fine, Eli, and Nadine. If you haven’t got the book yet then why not head off and get a copy now.Closed for winter

Mila and Eli were kind enough to take many of us on a photowalk despite the late hour and partying after the vernissage. That’s when I made some of the images shown in this post and also when I made the recording for the podcast. I have to say the recording was an interesting and new experience. I really didn’t know how it would turn out, and I certainly have a lot to learn about getting good sound (a new microphone is on order). Fortunately though, everyone I interviewed was kind enough to spend some time with me, and really enthusiastic about pinhole photography, which made the process really easy.

Pinholistas with coffee

Fuelled with coffee, spaetzle and beer the interviews were a blast to make and I really hope that the enthusiasm and skill of the photographers will come across when you (I hope) listen to the podcast. I also hope you like the images I managed to make in between all the other excitement. I can definitely recommend a trip to Berlin, but to make the most of it you need to hook up with some awesome Pinholistas…honestly, it was a truly wonderful few days. Thanks again to all again who made it possible, and to A for her patience in letting me jet off again. Happy shooting!

Of Competitions and Cameras

16744_002-0006Hey Pinholista, want to share your work with the world? You do, here’s how!

Curious Camera

The 6th annual Curious Camera competition is open, with a submission deadline of April 6th 2014. This is not a pinhole specific competition but the prizes are good and its great to see that the winning entries will be well printed and hung (to museum standard). There is an entry fee of US$10, which is not too bad considering the prizes and standard of display.

Pinhole Photo Contest

This one is being run out of Australia, and again has an entry fee (AUS$45) with a guarantee prize pool. Your entry fee gets you three entries, with images needing to be in one of three categories (Urban, Nature, Fine Art). I’d say check the T&Cs carefully as there are limits to what you can enter (no digital pinhole, limited post-processing). The closing date to enter is 31st May 2014, with all image submissions having to be made by 5th June (and this is in Australia!).

Pinhole London

There’s not much information about this on the website, other than details of the gallery where the exhibition will be staged, an e-mail address and a submission deadline (22 March 2014).

Charity Camera

There is a beautiful hand-made wooden pinhole camera being auctioned (on that auction site) for charity. The closing date is 14 March 2014 at about 16:45 UK time. The camera is made by a guy called Steve in Brighton and is being auctioned in aid of a Manchester hospice (a great cause). There are some example images taken with the camera in the listing, it really is a beauty.