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Chocolate Pinhole Cameras
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This proposal is a collaboration between Adam Donnelly and David Janesko. We are applying together for the Workshop Residency.
Adam and I propose to build a one time use, reproducible, edible, high quality chocolate pinhole camera. This project is a culinary off shoot of a series of site specific cameras Adam and I have been building for the past three years. We build site specific cameras within and made out of the landscape that we photograph. Our most recent camera was made in a redwood forest in the Santa Cruz Mountains. The camera was made of fallen trees and leaf litter, the lens was a leaf with a tiny hole in it made by an insect.
The construction and usage of the chocolate camera will be fairly simple. A pinhole camera is simply a box with a hole that can be covered and uncovered and some light sensitive media like film or photographic paper. The basic chocolate camera construction is as follows. The body will be made of molded chocolate in the approximate size and shape of a camera. We are not sure yet what type of camera we will make the mold from. A flat back piece will be molded separately (or it could be an actual chocolate bar), onto which a piece of foil and light sensitive media will be applied, the foil will stop any cross-contamination between the film and chocolate. These two pieces will be glued together, with melted chocolate, creating the light tight camera body. These last two steps will need to be done in total darkness or with a safe light depending on the light sensitive media we use. The lens area of the camera will be totally sealed, the user will need to make the pinhole lens with a pin when they are ready to take a photograph.
To take a photo, the user sets up the camera, pokes a hole with the pin, removed the pin to allow light in and to expose the film, and either covers the hole or returns it to its box. To develop the film, the user goes to a darkroom, breaks the camera apart, removes the film and develops it. Finally, they can eat the camera while they wait for the final prints to dry.
Chance plays a huge role in this project. This chocolate camera and our site specific cameras create potential for randomness to leave its mark on the film. Our goal with these pieces is to explore the limits of image making, how much control can we cede and still capture an image. One could take ten photos of the same thing with one of these chocolate cameras and get a different photo every time. The real task for us in designing the camera is to reign in randomness enough that each photo is unpredictable and unique but if you follow the directions the camera will capture an image. We have a good average with with site specific cameras, only two of about 25 have failed to make an image.
Light Sensitive media
There are at least three different options: film, enlarging paper and direct positive paper. Each media type has its own advantages and disadvantages. All three options will require a darkroom, however photographic paper is much easier to deal with in a darkroom. Direct positive paper is probably the most user friendly and produces a single unique positive print, it is only slightly more expensive than enlarging paper.
End User Product
Chocolate camera with film or photographic paper.
Pin of specific gauge to give an in focus exposure
Something to cover the hole immediately after the exposure
Carrying box, some sort of light tight cardboard box.
Directions on taking a photos, exposure time suggestions and how to develop the film or photographic paper.