I realize that my postings are in danger of becoming pretty boring. My going down and making pinhole exposures of the buildings on our main street is not filled with high drama or excitement – I hope! Yesterday it just clicked with me that I was embarking on one of those typology photo projects made famous by the German photographers Bernd and Hilla Becher. Now there are a couple of problems with my doing that type of work.Firstly I don’t much care for the Becher’s work, and secondly the concept of ‘typecasting’ people or objects photographically, or otherwise into groups really makes the hair on the back of my neck stand up. So, what am I doing undertaking that kind of photography. The truth is that I have been photographing in that part of town on and off for a long time now. Long enough to realize that, as things go these days, not much has happened here from the standpoint of changes or re-development. Now, that will not always be the case. Either a hurricane will surely rearrange things here one of these days, or some developer will get serious and impose some drastic changes on the area. So, with the darkroom facilities in the Arts Center available and close by, it is relatively easy to go out with my 4×5 inch pinhole camera and photograph the street.
If you care to look at the previous two postings you might be able to figure out how all three photographs are connected to each other. It’s a bit tricky since I am using the distored panorama format by putting bent, 10-inch long pieces of enlarging paper into the camera.
For the first phase of the project I am going to photograph Every Structure on the North Side of Second Street. I have picked that side of the street ’cause it is easier to photograph, especially with a pinhole camera, using paper negatives. Photographing the north side I will always have the sun coming in over my back/shoulder, making it much easier to get a decent exposure.
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