What's happening in my pinhole world
Another year winding down, 2010, and a new one coming - 2011
And, where does the time go...
Almost end of September. I found myself pulled to another very old friend. "The Pond" and "Woods" of Myles Standish Reservation. A place where many of my landscape and woodland images were created. The weather was picture perfect. I decided to walk the woods and then sit by the pond and be hypnotized. I was hypnotized by the angle of the sunlight on the water. This time of year shortly after noontime, the angle of the light makes sparkling diamonds of light on the water. The earth has already shifted significantly. The days are shorter, the intensity of the light is different, but different for me in how I would create a pinhole image. Mid afternoon I could create an image in full sun with a 10 to 14 second exposure. The fall and winter light is starting. The earth is tilting on its axis. My exposures will soon be 30 seconds, 40 seconds and then over a minute. Snow will help, but the sun's intensity is still so much less than late spring and summer sun.
If you look into my Landscape gallery, you will see an image of my wife, Carole. Late October, no direct sun. Clouds. I still thank her for sitting for approximately one minute and a half so I could create one of my most beautiful images. The detail in the sand, the grass and the fabric she is wearing.
And as I have said. You never know you have created an image you want to print, until you develop the negative in the darkroom. Chance and understanding of light.
August and September 2010
I spent a week in Provincetown, end of August and into September. The dunes and beaches are still there and natural beauties. Lancy's Pier is still there. What is unfortunate is that the pier is turning into a skeleton. With the removal of the weir poles, which gave it so much character, the pilings are still in place similar to a Stonehenge - type of history. The last few years I have been taking digital photos, but also studying the pilings. Looking at the barnacles, the moss in some places, the sun bleached wood. When visiting my old friend, I find myself taking a memento of my visit other than walking away with only the images in my camera, and my mind. If I find a loose nail or spike about to fall out of the many pilings still in place, or a small piece of wood, I'll look around to see if anyone sees me putting it into my pocket or backpack. The pier feels like it's a part of me now, a friend. I have had about a ten-year relationship. (with a pier) Me watching and seeing the changes of time! A drop in the bucket of time that the pier has seen, as a part of Provincetown Harbor. What a focal point this pier must have been in its day. I was told last summer that it is still owned by "the family",(who could they be and where - time for more research) how many generations have past and what will become of the pier in the future.
Cleaning up the darkroom..... no small task.
I was pleasantly surprised to be contacted by a student at a University in Ibague, Columbia, South America. As part of her studies she asked if she could use some of my images as part of one of her class projects in photography. I was very flattered. We have been in communication. I have sent her emails about my background, how I started taking photos as a teen and where I am now with my photography endeavors. I sent her my artist resume and details as to how and why I create images. How I created cameras.
Light is so important to me. I hope this information is helpful to her in her studies at her university.
Little did I know it would be a year of "life's Lessons"... I am trying.
Still working with my pinhole images even though I haven't been working too much with my site!
Corrections yes. Unfortunately Gregg Kemp let his Pinhole Visions Site go. He was a great resource of information and listings, but there are others. He can still be found on the web. A very talented man.
And, my Marian Roth. She can still be seen in galleries, but has turned to oil painting and is doing quite well. Her works can be seen at the Kolbalt Gallery in Provincetown, MA.
I still have been cataloging my negatives. I didn't realize how obsessed I was in taking pictures. I have been to Provincetown the last few years and monitoring "My Pier". I am probably the only person that has documented Lancy's Pier in pinhole so extensively. The last few years, it has been digitally, just to keep an eye on it, ha ! Unfortunately the weir fishing poles that can be seen in some of my earlier photos are gone. The top of the pier is almost bare. Provincetown felt that they were a hazard so they were removed. I spoke to a few people in town and asked where they went taken. Those weir fishing poles are a piece of history!!
I feel sometimes that I am just a grain of sand on the beach. It's wonderful and funny that when I Google myself online, I see my name and site and I am still being added to more sites around the world. Who knew I was going to be known internationally for my work and efforts to create my images. My pinhole world.
It has been many months since I have added news to my web site. I have been working with my pinhole images even though I haven't been working with my site!
Binders of my photographic paper negatives. I have been cataloging my negatives, something I had not been too organized with. I didn't realize how many hundreds of images I had created. I have been scanning them into Photoshop and flipping the negative to a positive image to see the gray scale of black and white is to my liking for a negative that I can work with in the darkroom. I still make prints using traditional photography darkroom methods. In my case, I think I have explained on my site, I do contact prints.
From my "ABOUT" section: Contact prints, placing a new piece of photographic paper light sensitive emulsion side up and placing the negative that you have created face down on the paper. It is very helpful to get a piece of glass cut larger than any paper you will be using. Place the glass on top of the two pieces of paper so they are perfectly flat. Here again, you have to experiment with exposure times (of light) to make a print that you are satisfied with.
I know there are many photographers/artists that manipulate their images in programs like Photoshop. I don't want to be one of those people. It's not me. It's not what I want to do. Every single image I print from a negative is different. A second more of light, a second less of light. You hold your hand or a finger or an object over an area that is being exposed that is dark, it will be darker. You do the same over lighter areas, the darker areas become brighter or lighter in shades. The only electronic aspect of my photography again, is scanning a negative to see the gray scale. I don't want to print anything more until I see what I have, which is a lot. More than I thought.
I have noticed that since my international show, I have been listed on many sites around the world, so I seem to be getting "known" outside of the USA. I find this very exciting news - for ME!
What a pleasure and honor to be part of the pinhole artists community around the world.
What a wonderful way to start the new year.
The group exhibition which Ricardo Montesdeoca put together has moved to another location in the Canary Islands
I wish I could fly there to see it, but, it's not in the cards. Ricardo has sent me photos, photo links to view and links to some of the print pieces created for the shows. I am very fortunate to have started corresponding with him online a few years ago. Henrieke I. Strecker attended one of the shows and gave a lecture.
This is a newer entry regarding Henrieke I. Strecker:
She was raised and educated in Germany and has come to the United States. She resides in New Hampshire where she has been an instuctor in the visual arts. She creates amazing images and can be found online easily.
Muestra international de fotographia estenopeica actual
Presenting an International sample of Pinhole Photography.
A group show of Pinhole Photographers from around the world.
Represented in the exhibition are works of eight photograhers:
Henrieke I. Strecker
The Exhibition is opened to the public February 22 2007. It may be seen at: Sala de Exposiciones Caja Rural de Tenerife C/ Avenida Manuel Hermoso Rojas 8, Cabo Llanos, Santa Cruz de Tenerife. Canary Island - Spain Schedule: Monday through Friday Mornings: 11:00 - 13:00 h. Afternoons: 17:00 - 21:00 h. Horario: Lunes a Viernes Mañanas: 11:00 - 13:00 h. Tardes: 17:00 - 21:00 h. El plazo de presentacion es hasta 30 de marzo de 2007. The exhibition is available for viewing until the 30th of March 2007.
It has been many months since I have added news to my web site. I have been working with my pinhole images even though I haven't been working with my site!
I have very exciting news of a show that is an international exhibition of contemporary pinhole photography, in Gran Canaria (Canary Islands). This international exhibition is titled, "Camara Oscura: exhibition of contemporary pinhole photography". It will be availble for viewing from 3 to 30 November 2006, featuring work from Ricardo Montesdeoca, Joaquin Casado, Anastasia Medeva, Henrieke Strecker, David Cugnasca, Daniel Zrihen, Dmitry Rubinshteyn, Joseph Maria Ribas i Prous, and Katie Cooke.
What a pleasure and honor to be part of this group of pinhole artist.
My Pier. I have also stated researching the Lancy family and this weir pole fishing. All new to me. I have found information about their fishing business in Provincetown, Boston and New York. There was a family mansion in Provincetown. I am hoping and assuming that it is one of the Victorian looking buildings on the other side of Commercial Street, opposite the water and harbor. There was information on a special "coating" that Mr. Lancy had developed that made wood look like the sandstone - brownstones that were built in Boston. I have found a few "interesting" stories about the family. It really is amazing what one can find online. Perhaps I should be working on a book.
So much history...
I have found information on the fishing methods of the time. As I mentioned it is called "Weir Pole Fishing". This method of fishing goes back to the Native Americans (and beyond, I am finding) and their methods of building fishweirs in the tidal flats to trap fish.
Fish weirs, wooden fence-like structures built to catch fish, are used in tidal and river conditions as a passive method to trap fish during the cycle from low to high tide, or in river flow. Fish weirs built in places of large tidal change, 12-20 feet between ebb and flow, are built with 4-to-6-inch-diameter (100 to 150 mm) vertical support poles holding woven nets. In Provincetown, this was one of the major types of fishing in the local fishing community. These fishing weir poles, I am finding myself totally intrigued with these pieces of wood.
What beautiful imagery, - fishing weir poles that are on top of the pier, how long have they been there? - unused for fishing?
- - - how many years have they NOT been used in the fishing industry. I did, chat with the security guard at the Seamans Bank parking lot nearby. He said he rememebers his uncles (didn't mention Father) carrying the weir poles down Commercial Street when he was a child.
In 1913, subway workers tunneling under Boylston Street to extend Boston's early subway system discovered wooden stakes in the blue gray glacial clay, 32 feet below street level. Workers destroyed many of the stakes, but enough evidence was gathered at the time that researchers thought they had found one large fish weir, thought to have been built 2,000 years earlier. This discovery was first described in a report by the Boston Transit Commission in June, 1913. I found this information online.
October through December 2005
I have been entering my pinhole photographs to the Essex Art Center national juried shows for three years in a row. This year was their judging for their 12th annual exhibition. This year, 2005, I had two pieces selected for the group show, "The Point" and "On my road". The photos are on this site. The judge was Howard Yezerski of the the Howard Yezerski Gallery 14 Newbury Street, Boston. The show will be October 28th going through December 2, 2005. Opening Reception: October 28th, 5:00 -7:00 P.M. Essex Art Center, 56 Island Street Lawrence MA 01840 978-685-2343 Fall Hours, Mondays and Wednesdays 10 - 8:30 PM, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 10 - 5 PM www.essexartcenter.com
November - December 2005
I have been asked by Traci Harmon of the Harmon Gallery in Wellfleet Massachusetts to be part of their year end group show which begins with the opening on November 26th. She would like to have 8 photographs which I haven't picked at this time. Their hours at this time of the year are Friday and Saturday 10:00 to 5:00 PM and Sunday 12:00 to 5:00 PM until Christmas. 95 Commercial Street Wellfleet, MA. 02667 508-349-0530.
March - April 2005
The Memorial Hall Library in Andover Massachusetts, will present an exhibition of 20 of my black and white pinhole photographs, between March 1 and has extended the show through April 30, 2005. These pinhole camera images will be presented in the main entry of the library.
Memorial Hall Library, Andover, 2 North Main Street, Elm Square Andover, MA 01810 telephone: 978 623 8401
Library hours: MondayThursday: 9:00 AM - 9:00 PM Friday:9:00 AM-5:00 PM Saturday:9:00 AM-5:00 PM Sunday:1:00 PM-5:00 PM www.mhl.org.
I just wanted to share my latest news that came Tuesday evening, September 14th, regarding my world of pinhole photography. I entered the Essex Art Center juried show again this year. Most of you may (or may not) remember last year the juried show chose one of my photos "Pine Barren" to be in the the Art Center's juried group show for the fall. The Judge was the curator and director, Jock Reynold's from the Yale University Art Museum. The Essex show is a national show, so I am one of many entering their 11th year competition. You could enter as many as three pieces into the juried show. The Judge was Joseph D. Ketner II, who is the curator and director of the Rose Museum at Brandeis University. I decided to enter three of my image passions which is Lancy's pier in the west end of Provincetown. I've actually done a lot of historical research on the pier and site this year. I have continued to photograph it over three years. Given the fact that I entered three photos in the competition, the limit, I hoped that maybe I would be lucky again this year and get one chosen. I was told that the judge, Joseph D. Ketner II, chose all three of my photos to be represented in the Essex fall show. I was the only entrant that had all three pieces chosen for the show. Am I on cloud nine? well......... The show opening reception is Friday October 29th, 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM at the Essex At Center in Lawrence Massachusetts. The show will be on display from October 29th to December 10th at the Essex Art Center.
April 2004 I have been dormant this winter in my darkroom because it is in the basement. I have no heat there, so no control over the temperature of the chemicals. That has not stopped me from stealing away when I can and shooting a few images. Images I have yet to see if there is something there, they are in the "exposed bag" but that's the unknown with this process. I'm patient. If I am lucky I will have some woodland images from one of my favorite places, the pine barren forest. Over Easter weekend 2004 I did a study of the rear of a building that I had shot a few pictures of in Newport Rhode Island 2003. I haven't printed the ones I took in Newport Christmas week 2003 of St. Mary's Church, a graveyard and this building I found. Only developed, scanned and marked as possibilities for printing. This building that has caught my attention is part of the International Yacht Restoration School located on the waterfront at 449 Thames Street. The building is so unusal because of it's construction and make up of materials. It has slate, granite, brick work, wood and metal supports that keeps this (I'm guessing) 3 story warehouse style building together. It called me back and I spent all my pinhole time there shooting. I hope, I will see similar images that are still in my mind. I kept looking at the textures and the random designs. I hope my stay and study of this building comes to be what I hope, similar to my pier series in Provincetown, Massachusetts. It's been a long cold winter. I'm sure we are all glad spring is here and the warmer weather is coming ahead.
August through September I entered a piece in the Provincetown Art Association Museum Members Show. Yet another great opportunity to show my work to the public.
I received great news in September. One of my pinhole photos had been picked in a juried show at the Essex Art Center in Lawrence, Massachusetts. The judge was Jock Reynolds, formerly the Curator and Director of the Addisson Gallery of American Art in Andover Massachusetts. Since 1998, Mr. Reynolds has been the Curator and Director of the Henry J. Heinz II, Yale University Art Gallery. The picture he chose, "Pine Barren" is in the Landscape Gallery of this site. The show will be up for viewing from October 24, 2003 to December 12, 2003. Needless to say, I'm honored.
My cyberspace mentor, Diane Housken has helped me so much to bring my images available for all to view. She created the framework of my new world. David Cugnasca Pinhole Images. I have added more of my new pinhole photos. Many people have asked to see my latest works. It's been a journey and an obsession. Marian Roth has certainly changed my creative direction.
I've learned so much about this technique of photography. Why I am attracted to it so much is that there are so many variables involved. Not one of them are mechanical, have polished lenses or batteries. I make and test the cameras. I have learned so much about the intensity of the light during the different seasons. A month can make a big difference in the length of time to make an exposure as well as the objects around you. My senses have been sharpened to light and the seasons. It's the element of chance, timing and experience with no instant gratification that makes me want to create these pinhole images. I would like to be a resource for pinhole photography.
September 2002 August through September I entered a pice in the Provincetown Art Association Museum Small Works Show. Being a member of the museum you are allowed to be a part of this show which is a great opportunity to show your work to the public. I am trying to get as much exposure (no pun intended) as possible. I worked on a figure series in Plymouth and Andover Massachusetts from August 2002 to November 2002. Yes, it was a bit "cool" in November to try to keep continuity. I have made what I call proofs, of this figure series using Photoshop. I have printed some of them in my darkroom. The new images on this site are scanned negatives un-touched or un-re-touched. I'm not sure of what to call a negative that has had nothing done to it before it is printed in the darkroom. Creating a postive from my negative allows me to see what my negatives look like and if I feel as though the image could turn into a printed photo that I want or want to work with. Images that I want to share.
I experimented with cameras and worked on landscapes and ocean related visuals. The landscape images were mostly of the ponds and woods of Myles Standish Reservation in Plymouth Massachusetts. During the summer I began a pier series of pinhole images at Lancy's Pier in Provincetown Massachusetts. This pier is not used and probably is beyond repair. What history was in front of me. I want to see and learn more. I was drawn to it because it was so visually unusual. High tides, low tides, bright sun, shadows and filtered sun. The images and angles that it offered me changed so much as the time of day changed and the ocean tides moved. It is located in the West End of Provincetown.
I took photos at Stevens Coolidge Place. This property is maintained under the Massachusetts Trustees of Reservations. The 91 acres of land were originally acquired by the family in 1729. It was a successful farm for many years. The main house was remodeled between 1800-1850 and is considered neo-Georgian Colonial Revival in style. It has beautiful perrenial gardens, rose gardens and an amazing Ash tree which is thought to be why the property was originally called Ashdale Farm. It is open to the public and located in North Andover Massachusetts. I feel as though I'm turning into a pinhole travel guide! I continued with more landscapes and seascapes as you have seen, or will.
Photography began and started again in pinhole for me.
I have many images that I have shot on 35mm that people have enjoyed. I was fortunate as a teenager to have parents that allowed me and supported me in my photographic curiousity.
My photography interests have changed, that is a given. But all changes around us at all times.
I hope you enjoy the sampling of the photos on this site.
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