Camera Obscura Portraits

These images were made using a small plywood box room camera.  I would sit inside, the subject outside and photograph directly onto various types of b/w silver gelatin paper.  Some of these are direct negatives, others were made with Harmon positive paper while others are reversal bleach processes of negative papers.  That process was wonderfully flawed, bringing all sorts of imperfections to the image surface.

The sittings themselves were fairly difficult and arduous affairs.  Sitters had to hold perfectly still for 20 seconds while getting hit with an intense flash part way through.  I was interested in the absorptive process of it, in watching people deal with the pain of it and try to keep an expression or mask of how they wanted to be viewed throughout.


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