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Gerberas: Take Two
Photograph by Sisse Brimberg

The pinhole acts as a lens and projects the image onto the film. Brimberg used just a minuscule pinprick, with exposures that lasted up to eight seconds. As this cluster of gerberas shows, the technique results in colors and textures that exude an antique romance.

Camera: Minolta LLE
Film Type: Color negative film
Lens: 35mm
Speed and F-Stop: Very long exposure (8-10 seconds) through pinhole
Weather Conditions: Indoors
Time of Day: Morning
Lighting Techniques: Bright sunshine coming in through window

Special Equipment or Comments:
Color negative film is more forgiving, so I shot with it using a tripod to accommodate the length of exposure. The film was processed into prints, from which transparencies were made. The transparencies were then processed through a Polaroid machine. Once the Polaroid was removed, it was opened after about five seconds. The chemical side of the Polaroid was then pressed on a wet piece of handmade paper. Pressure was applied by rolling across the Polaroid. After 15 seconds, the Polaroid was lifted and dipped in a warm bath of vinegar and water to stabilize the image.

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