Class dates have been set for Elise Breeding’s pinhole camera photography class.
“It’s something I’ve done with neices and nephews, and the uniqueness of these cameras just fascinates me!”, Elise says. “I want to share that with kids and families in the area and hopefully make this an annual event.”A Pinhole Camera is a fully functioning homemade camera in which the lens for the camera is created with a tiny prick on a piece of metal, creating a pinhole through which light reflects on the film inside the camera. Elise has created cameras using a round oatmeal container and shoe boxes, but for this class has purchased kits in which students will use a roll of 35mm black and white film.
“Film is something lost on this generation. It’s just an archaic piece of history for many of them! As a 3rd generation photographer, I grew up with a love for film and a love for processing and developing it. My Bachelors degree in Photographic Arts even required that I know the ins and outs of a darkroom.” In this one day class students, will receive a quick lesson in how a camera works, and then take their own new pinhole cameras outside to practice using them.
The students in classes catered towards late middle school to high school age students will build the cameras themselves. The younger students and family classes will have the cameras built and loaded for them.
The final result will also be a lesson in patience for some people. We live in such an ‘instant gratification’ era. After the class is complete the film will be sent off to be developed and prints will be processed. Everyone will be contacted the following week to let them know when they can pick up their images and negatives. The class will be held in Elise Breeding’s home in Piedmont. Parents are welcome to stay and enjoy the class with their students. Class sizes will be small so each student can receive some one on one instruction. And due to the nature of the pinhole camera, most exposures will be longer than your average click of camera button. Which warrants the opportunity for creativity.
We are only accepting 4-6 students per class. Reserve your time soon. Dates in July may be added depending on availability and demand. If you would like to request more dates added to the summer program, contact Elise and let her know!