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    WW1 landscapes

    Pinhole photograps taken this year at the site of the battle for Passchendaele by New Zealand photographer Brett Killington:

    http://www.64stops.com/html/landscap...scape_001.html

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    I know the region and can confirm that aside of war-cementaries and the respective road-signs all over there is hardly anything that reminds the uninitiated of what happened there before.

    Chosing the perspective of a trenched soldier is one possible approach.
    The way he photographed those views, they lose any reference to that place in location and time.

    A lack, or a universal approach to war?



    (Be aware that aside of those "landscape" views he also did more documentary work designated "tunnels".)

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    The tunnel photographs were more interesting, as you say the "landscape" views lacked any identifying geographic features and could have been any number of locations.

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    Reading his introduction the entire body takes on a significant meaning. Creative and unique.
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    I have seen many excellent pinhole photographs but these are the worst I have ever seen. Perhaps a problem with the scans?
    A rock pile ceases to be a rock pile the moment a single man contemplates it, bearing within him the image of a cathedral.

    ~Antoine de Saint-Exupery

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    With exposure times of 24h under natural lighting a low contrast image has to be expected.

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    Terrible. Total waste of film and my time to look at it.

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    People, he was not attempting pretty chocolate box landscapes here. I'm not overly enamored with them but respect it as a project and the historical perspective he was attempting. But really? Waste of film? Worst ever? A bit harsh and over the top I think...
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    C'mon. "Documentary photography" is a term that connotes a serious intent. Mixing pinhole cameras with that makes it into just playing games. Piddling around. I see no redeeming quality in this repeated infatuation with re-inventing the wheel. So all of us in the photographic "know", know a tiny pinprick in an oatmeal tube can cast an image. So what? Non-photographic people don't know that. All they see is a blurry picture. And all I see is a blurry picture. Pointless.
    If you want to do a documentary of the locations of trench warfare, get a camera with a lens and get busy.

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    The way he photographed those views, they lose any reference to that place in location and time.
    ...as you say the "landscape" views lacked any identifying geographic features and could have been any number of locations...
    Worst quality and composition I have ever seen.
    I have seen many excellent pinhole photographs but these are the worst I have ever seen.
    Terrible. Total waste of film and my time to look at it.
    I have to agree. The images are poor examples of what can be achieved with a camera...pinhole or not.
    Possibly there is something to learn from these images, though...aside from his poor composition.

    Longer exposure times maybe...on a brighter day? Was there camera-motion blur in those images?
    The pinhole itself that he used may have issues. Pinhole too large? Pinhole not perfectly round?
    The inner edge of the pinhole may have burrs, and/or the wafer used to make the pinhole was too thick?

    Marc

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