“Photography is like an ocean. The more we dive into it the more we feel like not coming out of it. The historical processes are like invaluable treasures this ocean can ever proffer.”
Although living in a world of digital imaging where everything is so prompt from picking up gears to producing durable images, ever since I started with photography I always found myself mesmerized with the antediluvian eclectic processes of recording light and developing of slides and films.
The concept of Camera Obscura, long before it actually came into practice, was first explicitly divulged in the writings of Leonardo Da Vinci in the Codex Atlanticus dating back to the late fifteenth century. The German astronomer Johannes Kepler used the appellation for the first time in 1604 and Joseph Nicephore Niepce produced the first ever existing permanent image in 1827 using the Camera Obscura. Their use peaked in 1890’s.
No doubt, there’s nothing as simpler and unambiguous than a pinhole camera which is nothing essentially more than a lightproof box with a tiny hole on one side allowing light to travel on either the slide or film or any other light sensitive material placed on the opposite side. Ilford Obscura 5*4 is a very reasonably priced and easy to use single shot pinhole camera .It is a rectangular light-tight box crafted from expanded PVC with two sections, the front part sliding into the back loaded with the film in the darkroom conditions with two small magnets locking the camera tightly. The high quality stainless steel chemically etched 0.3mm pinhole equating to an f number of 248 on a focal length of 87mm (26mm on 35mm film) is covered with an interesting magnetic locking shutter. It has a tripod socket at the bottom without a spirit level.
What more…the kit contains 10 sheets each of 5*4 Ilford Delta 100 Professional Film and 20 sheets of 5*4 MG IV RC Paper, Instruction Manual and an Exposure Calculator.
I am all too excited to explore photography with this new fascinating age old method. Meanwhile I traverse through all this, keep clicking and stay tuned…