Wednesday - October 22, 2014 -- Pinhole Camera Suit & Helmet
This shot taken at the “Poetics of Light Exhibition” at the New Mexico History Museum located at the Palace of The Governors in Santa Fe. “Poetics of Light” is an exhibition of images from the world’s largest collection of pinhole photography, representing images from around the world. This exhibition opened on Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day (April 27, 2014 – I didn’t know such a "special day" existed) and will run thru March 2015.
If you’re in the Santa Fe area prior to March 2015 – this is a fascinating exhibition worth your time to visit.
This exhibit includes the “Pinhole Resource Archives”, which is the world’s largest collection of images, books & cameras dedicated to pinhole photography.
Artist/Photographer Ben Conrad created this “Pinhole Camera Suit” in 1994 as an experiment to see what it would look like if the pores of the human skin were camera apertures. He used Velcro to attach 135 pinhole cameras to a suit & helmet. He covered himself with a large tarp used as a shutter for 20-30 second exposures.
Quoting Mr. Conrad, “I then want to photograph locations in public areas that are under surveillance, such as banks, airports, parks and grocery stores. With the pinhole suit, I’m exposing myself and exposing the film. Where the 35mm is a spectator, the pinhole suit is both spectator and spectacle”, (Ben Conrad – 1995). Not sure if he ever succeeded in that endeavor or not.