Todd Schlemmer live in Seattle, Washington. He's been making photographs since was a kid. He use all kinds of cameras, film and digital, but he's been obsessed with pinhole photography for the last eight years.
It started with making a few clunky wooden cameras and the challenge of shooting film in them. Five years ago, I built a 3D printer and began designing, printing, and shooting my pinhole cameras in ernest. I lead a local pinhole photography meetup, and I always have a new camera to test.
I was initially drawn to photography by the mystique of film and the machines that feed on it.
My family always took photos and shot home movies, and I had an instamatic that used flashcubes.
We used photography primarily to document: birthday parties, vacations, a new car. Later, my high school photography teacher, Mr. Milburn, coached and encouraged what he called “My Eye”.
Still, many years passed before I began to make the kind of exposures that satisfied my artistic pangs.
Building my first pinhole camera grew out of a desire to inject more craft into my photography.
I greatly enjoy shooting pinhole while traveling. The process of making a pinhole photograph on a valuable frame of film involves a significant investment in setup, composition, exposure, and timing.
It dilates time and burns the moment into your memory. I can vividly recall the details of every pinhole exposure I have made. My intimacy with my images sometimes makes it difficult to cull and curate objectively.
I want my photographs to show you something that you've never seen before – or, skew the familiar in a different context or perspective.
Pinhole can be unobtrusive for surreptitious portraiture or at sacred sites. Familiar situations are recast with deliberate distortion and perspective.
Long exposures put subject matter in a temporal context. I hope my photographs feel like time well spent.
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Source files for 3D printing terraPin pinhole cameras