At the moment I have an unhealthy obsession with film cameras, and I’m also developing an unhealthy addiction to the darkroom.
My latest foray is into the world of pinhole photography after I purchased a Holga Panoramic WPC120 Pinhole Camera. This thing takes 120 film and produces negatives which are 6cm high and 12 cm wide.
Exposure is a guessing game, there is no viewfinder, and you look like a complete nutcase with this camera that looks slightly like an old VHS cassette. The angle of view is super wide, anything remotely distant will be very small.
This camera and I have now taken two photographic outings together, one to the New Forest, and one out and about in London. The angle of view means that you really need something close to the camera to make a good shot. You also need to either have a tripod or handy wall to put the camera on as the exposure times are long, I think the aperture is F145 or something ridiculous. I have one of those small Jobo tripods.
I developed the two films I shot, and my favourite is below. It’s taken Monmouth Coffee in Borough Market, with the camera placed on a shelf. The exposure time is around 25 seconds with Tmax 100 film.
I like it, especially the wide angle, and the way the people are some kind of ghostly, temporary apparitions….