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Iris Dream
Photograph by Sisse Brimberg

As a blue iris embraces the sun, it dissolves into misty resolution. Such effects appeal to artistically minded photographers. “There’s a whole cult of people who take pinhole shots,” Brimberg says. “There’s even a pinhole photography magazine.” She’s found herself to be a convert. “It must be the years of complex photography that drew me to it,” she says. “Here, all you have to work with is light. It was a wonderful, refreshing learning experience. It required shedding all the usual rules.”

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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