On November 7, 2015 I took my plastic Holga Wide Pinhole Camera (WPC) to downtown Phoenix to take pictures of the city at night. I like night photography. The problem was the pinhole. I discovered that pinhole exposures at night could easily take hours because of the reciprocity failure of film. Initially I had thought it would take a few minutes for each photo, but when I calculated the times, after multiplying with aforementioned villainous factor I realized that each exposure could take at least 30 minutes and up to 90 minutes. So I set the camera up on a tripod, started a stopwatch, and stared at the WPC. After five minutes, I was bored.
There was nothing to do, after all. You can’t just stand in one place staring at your camera for two hours. You can’t leave either because someone is sure to trip over the tripod, knock it down, call the police or worse, just take it away. Therefore, in order to entertain myself (and the passers-by) I pulled out my Zorki-4k, loaded with a roll of Fuji Eterna 500T and started photographing people and things around me. I finished the roll. But there was still about 45 minutes left on the pinhole! So I rewinded the film, loaded it back and shot it over again. I had wanted to do a double exposure project for a long time and this was as good a time as any. I think I changed the orientation to portrait for the second set of exposures, but may be not for all. I didn’t develop the film until recently (recent by my time scale is about 2 months ago) and finally got it scanned. Richard Photo Lab scanned it for me (I bet they were a bit confused about the contents).
These are the photos of the ghosts of Phoenix.
Very friendly ghosts, of course.
As you probably know or feel that you knew but couldn’t remember, ghosts exist at the intersection of dimensions, whatever that might mean.
You may wonder what makes these people so ethereal.
Like dream superimposed on another dream encapsulated in a nightmare.
Filmstock? That’s a strange coincidence? But then coincidences are strange.
Did you notice that no body was driving that last car? This one is just an apparition.
Life is generally ONE WAY. But some manage to come back…
Thank you for visiting.