Organic – Revised 2019

When I left Hollywood and Elmi Graphics in 1988 I landed in Kent, Ohio.  I was making soft images at the time using various techniques.  One of those techniques was pin-hole photography, which I call Organic.  I called it Organic because there was nothing artificial, man-made, between the scene and the film. Get it!?  It was also the time when “organic” was being coined as a selling ploy.

I converted my Sinar 4×5 view camera to pin-hole and began photographing.  I had a blast!  The images had such a different feel to them.  I could tell, and still can, that there were no lenses used, plus the larger 4×5 positive film (slide for the layman) captured a quality that only large film had.  The larger film (or physical dimension of a sensor) captures more of the light, closer to how our eyes see things.  The results is a sharper image.

My recent Monterey trip has me seeing in B&W again.  It’s refreshing!  I liked that my Organic series was in colour, but now I like them even better in B&W.  I think it’s because the images are pin-hole which in of itself is a bit ethereal so B&W adds to that feeling.  These are the B&W versions.  I have a few more 4×5 films to digitize in the coming weeks but wanted to show you the first grouping of converted images.  (You can see the colour version in my Organic Photography 1989 post)

JSH

 

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