Last Sunday 24th April was World Pinhole Photography Day. Throughout the world exhibitions, workshops and competitions were organized to celebrate the most basic form of photography (pinhole=photography without a lens).
In India, one of my images (an all-night self-portrait) made it to the invite for Me Monarch, an exhibition of pinhole self portraits simultaneously held in Goa Center for Alternative Photography & Ravi Photo Gallery.
Visualizing Nightmares (2009), Self-Portrait with Holga Pinhole Panoramic camera
I am now having some fun preparing my forthcoming digital pinhole workshop with Photography Course London. I have to admit I am finding great satisfaction in defacing my brand-new-top-of-the-range DSLR with gaffer tape and bits of drinks' cans (a strange sense of revenge perhaps...?). First results seem promising, full of flare, distortions and wonderful 'mistakes'.
Urban Creative Guerrilla to recapture the public space through artistic performance
On Saturday 16th April 2011 my Itinerant Camera Obscura (AKA 'The mountain goes to Mohammed') will take to the streets of Lisbon once again.
ZAAT Collective, who commissioned the tent for the 2010 ZAAT Mostra, are collaborating with I Park Art to organise the Lisbon edition of I Park Art Day.
I Park Art is an urban creative guerrilla project that promotes the re-appropriation of public space through artistic actions. The idea is both simple and clever: participants buy a ticket for a space in a paying car park and turn it into a creative space for the day. By paying a fee, they enter into a legal contract that allows the temporary occupation of a section of the street, normally by a vehicle; this contract doesn't normally specify which type of objects one can occupy that space with, and I Park Art Day uses this loophole to turn the streets into open creative spaces.
The idea is available under a Creative Commons License and anyone with an idea for an installation or performance can take part. Participants for the 2011 edition include cities in Italy, Spain, Portugal, UK, Poland, France and more. There is still time to take part, either organising your own event or checking out what is happening in your city. Check the instructions and participants on I Park Art's website.