I am a cam­era

Pasatiempo - - Mixed Media -

The last Sun­day in April is a big deal for fans of the pin­hole cam­era. The sim­ple de­vice, which you can eas­ily make your­self, is ba­si­cally just a light-tight box or can with a tiny hole in one side. By fix­ing a piece of film to the op­po­site, in­side wall of the con­tainer — or paint­ing a light-sen­si­tive emul­sion thereon — you can make a pic­ture the re­ally old-fash­ioned way. You can also use a real cam­era with a re­mov­able lens; sim­ply re­place the lens with a piece of alu­minum foil with a pin­hole in the cen­ter. Or you can use a whole room as the cam­era: this is called cam­era ob­scura.

There are at least two ways to cel­e­brate World­wide Pin­hole Pho­tog­ra­phy Day on Sun­day, April 25. One is to cre­ate a pin­hole photo and post it at www.pin­hole­day.org. The other is to join Santa Fe pho­tog­ra­pher Jackie Mathey from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in a free cam­era-ob­scura event at Ho­tel St. Francis, 210 Don Gas­par Ave. Call 231-3758.

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