Judith Hoffman

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Photos of memories taken with MemoryCam

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MemoryCam, the pinhole camera that takes photos of memories made by Judith Hoffman

MemoryCam ©2006 A brass pinhole camera. 3.5 inches high, 2.25 inches wide. It's a camera to photograph memories. On the base the instructions read: 1. Fix memory in your mind. 2. Point MemoryCam toward memory. 3. Expose film. You can see more information about MemoryCam here. MemoryCam was on the Make blog on October 11, 2006.

The first photo of a memory taken with MemoryCam the pinhole camera

The first photo from MemoryCam, in the garden, San Mateo. I cannot tell you what a thrill it is to see the first photo from a camera you have made completely by yourself. I soldered this box together as a test - to see if it would work at all. I wasn't sure I could solder a box well enough to exclude light. At this stage it was not decorated, I used a piece of gaffer's tape for the shutter. I think the gritty stuff is from cold chemicals, or some other processing mistake I made. The view is of the back of our house, the camera is taking the photo in a mirror. All these photos are taken on pieces of photographic paper - probably Arista. The paper was cut to fit in my bathroom/darkroom. One sheet is loaded into the MemoryCam, it's exposed, then processed in developing chemicals. Outside exposure times are probably around 1 minute, with full sun, in the middle of the day. Exposures in my studio range from 3 to 7 minutes.

Memory number 435, a pinhole photo taken with the Memory Cam pinhole camera made by Judith Hoffman

Memory 435 A photo taken on Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day, April 29, 2007. This was the final image of the day - close enough to what I was hoping for, and in some ways better. You can see the tiny square of my studio window on the right. I placed a big piece of black foam core behind the set-up to help block the view of the studio. Halfway through the 5 minute exposure, the foam core fell forward, pushing the tall dinosaur on the left forward, too, creating the funny blur. This is the first state of the photo - I scanned it before it was completely dry, causing the blobby marks on the left side.

He was taller then, a pinhole photo taken with MemoryCam, showing the complete image

He was taller then. This photo shows the whole picture area. it's circular but cut off at the top and bottom by the height of the box because the body of the camera is square and I curve the paper film around to cover three sides.

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