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Armstrong celebrates Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day with free workshop

  • Armstrong darkroom photography teacher Bridget Conn says this photo of her and four students was taken last fall. “I made the camera out of an actual pumpkin. I’m in the center with a student who also held still, the other three were trying to maintain headstands for the approximate five-minute exposure (and kept falling over),” she says. (Photo by Bridget Conn)
  • A pinhole camera made out of a pumpkin with examples of the photography. (Photo courtesy Bridget Conn)
  • This example of pinhole photography is a 36-hour exposure that captured the light passing through the stairwell as it changed throughout the day. (Photo by Bridget Conn)
  • This example of pinhole photography features a 24-hour exposure. Armstrong darkroom photography teacher Bridget Conn says, “You can see how the exposure caught both the time before the event began when the door was closed, then about halfway through when the door was open. You can also see someone moved the chair on the left side partway through the exposure.” (Photo by Bridget Conn)
 

Armstrong celebrates Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day with free workshop

24 Apr 2017

Pinhole photography might be one of the oldest forms of the art, and with increasing technological advances, it could be one of the fastest to die as well.

The very first pinhole camera, or camera obscura, was created in the Middle Ages in 1000 AD. Since then, humans have continued to create optical devices with the purpose of capturing and freezing a designated space and time.

The concept for the pinhole camera and the creation of its photography is quite simple. First, a light-tight container is used — for example, a shoebox would do — a tiny hole and photo sensitive paper is added, and voilà, your first pinhole photograph is produced.

Bridget Conn, darkroom photography teacher at Armstrong State University, is the hostess of the first celebration of Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day in Savannah, set for April 30 at the campus. The event, which promotes and celebrates the art of pinhole photography, also marks Conn’s first introduction to our local community since her relocation from Asheville, N.C.

“As the new Armstrong photography professor, I thought Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day would be a great way for me to introduce myself and show what the Armstrong campus has to offer when it comes to photography,” Conn says. “I was running a community darkroom in Asheville, N.C., and I knew the event was something that I wanted to bring down here. I love teaching darkroom at Armstrong University and I feel welcomed and they’ve made me feel at home.

“This is my way to introduce something new to the community while celebrating the art of photography.”

Conn loves to create prints using only chemicals and light, at times screenprinting some of the images she creates. It is this love and the alchemy aspect of photography that moves her. In her experimentation, she has even created a pinhole camera out of a pumpkin.

“Any object is fair game when creating a pinhole camera,” she says. “On the day of the event, we will have pinhole cameras and let the public be a part of the creation of their own pinhole photo.”

Pinhole cameras and paper will be provided at the free workshop, though visitors are welcome to bring their own cameras as well. Some of the students’ works will also be on display in the darkroom.

“The public will be able to see the developing of these images,” Conn says. “I am sure everyone will enjoy and learn from this process, especially the kids. This would also be a great opportunity to explore the campus darkroom.”

IF YOU GO

What: Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day Workshop

When: Noon-3 p.m. April 30

Where: Armstrong State University Darkroom, Fine Arts Hall, Rooms 211-212

Cost: Free

Info: pinholeday.org, bridget.conn@armstrong.edu or 912-344-2838

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