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Art of the Day: Friday August 03, 2007

Pier 2

- by Margaret D Helthaler

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Art: Pier 2 by Artist Margaret D Helthaler
This delicately toned pinhole photograph captures the graphic shape of a boardwalk against the soft texture of sand and sky on an early spring day in Wildwood, New Jersey. Pinhole photography is a primitive form of the medium that does not use a lens. My camera is made out of black mat board and duck tape and is fitted with a 4x5 Polaroid back. The beauty of pinhole photography is that it gives you unlimited depth of field (objects in the foreground have the same focus as objects in the far background.) This unique characteristic distorts the sense of space and scale so that small areas can appear much larger - a brook can look like a river, a puddle like a pond. Also, the camera has no viewfinder and exposure time is a bit of a guessing game - so there is a huge element of chance in what kind of image you capture. I scan the original 4x5 Polaroids at a very high resolution and add a hint of color. The overall result is a grainy, soft-focused image that is reminiscent of Pictorialism.


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