I am a camera
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.