Behind Oshkosh isa a portfolio of pinhole photographs of the backs and sometimes the sides of buildings in the town where I live. I made a lot of cameras last year and rode around town on my bicycle trying them out. To my surprise a coherent theme arose among those exposures. Toward the end, I was aware of what was going on but I never really started looking specifically for photographs of the backs of buildings. It's just the result of my trying to find the safest route on my bicycle on back streets, driveways and alleys. Backs of buildings are interesting to me because they're very often kluges of different architectural styles and technologies stuck together to make things work. They provide lots of shades, shapes and textures to use to play with light and composition.
My Pinhole Camera at Mosquito Hill. I put this together in 2013 to accompany an exhibit of photographs in the visitors' center gallery at Mosquito Hill Nature Center. The hill looms above the lowlands and oxbows of the Wolf River and includes at least five separate ecosystems. It's a place I've been visiting since 1985 but didn't take pinhole photographs there until I made the 35mm Populist in 2008. It's now expanded to include images I've made up to 2018. The title is an homage to Edward Weston's My Camera on Point Lobos. Paperback, 9 x 7 inches, 116 Pages, $15.00
ThePinhole of Nature s not just an homage to the title of an earlier work – it's blatantly modeled after William Henry Fox Talbot's great explanatory work The Pencil of Nature – 24 photographs and a few paragraphs about each one. It's my take on the famous questions "Why pinhole?" "What pinhole?" and "What-me-pinhole?" I wrote it in order to have something to talk about when I was asked to make a presentation at the Minnesota Center for Photography's Annual Pinhole Photography forum in 2003 and went a little overboard. It holds up pretty well a decade and a half later but I think the author would have been pretty surprised to see how all this developed into Pinholica.
My position in those libraries was an audio-visual specialist. I would be remiss if I didn't acknowledge that some people would rather watch a video. In 2008. I was asked by a colleague to explain pinhole photography and it's attraction to the Oshkosh Southwest Noon Rotary. This a live recording of the presentation.