A new friend
This little guy arrived the other day. It’s an Ondu pinhole camera, and we’re just starting to get acquainted. It has a simple, elegant design. Solid wood. Shoots medium format roll film. This is the front view - the small rectangular piece of wood is the shutter. You simply lift it up to make an exposure. It doesn’t get much simpler than that (the camera came with a 3-page manual!).
It may be a while before I share any photographs taken by my new friend. There’s no viewfinder, so learning the camera’s angle of view will take some practice. And then there’s the simple matter of turnaround time - sending the exposed roll off to the lab and awaiting it’s return. Ah, the good old days of film!
I decided that something this unique deserved a name. Maybe Brett, or Minor, in honor of two of my favorite photographers? Or Imogen, who’s not only one of my favorite photographers but a badass role model? It was too difficult to pick just one favorite artist, though. Instead, in honor of the camera’s unique properties, I decided to name him Charlie McCarthy...
Because he’s made out of wood, and with practice, I hope to be able to speak through him.
Why not just get a pinhole camera app for your smartphone? Hahahahahahaha! Truly looking forward to seeing how you and Charlie do.
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