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Take 5 Interview
The Take 5 Interview series is a continuation of featuring selected pinhole artists from around the planet. Each artist is asked a set of five questions that will shed light on their persona, their portfolio, and their creative take on this intriguing art form called pinhole photography. All questions are derived by Brian J. Krummel and answered by the respective artist in their own words.

January 15th, 2010 : Tarja Trygg
Tarja Trygg, lives in Helsinki, Finland. Licentiate of Arts, doctora student, senior lecturer in University of Art & Design, a part of the new university called Aalto University since January 1st, 2010.

When did you first get interested in pinhole photography and how long have you been practicing this art form? List any creative influences that have shaped your own personal style.
Since May 2002 I started seriously shooting pinhole after the 7th International Photography Workshop PROFILE '02 organized by the Academy of Fine Arts in Poznan, Poland.

The workshop took place in Skoki near Poznan at the Academy's mansion. After returning back Helsinki I continued to make more tests. My curiosity on solargraphy led to my research and to the Global Pinhole Art Project of Solargraphy on the Net. My own personal style is developing all time. Learning by doing is the best method for me to create better images.

Nowadays solargraphy has become more and more famous. Thanks to the Internet, Pinhole Vision, Alternative photography and so many social media networks. Nowadays it is so easy to get information, discuss simultaneously with other people around the world, and share images online. It is the truth that images, culture, environment and collaboration with other people have an influence on us.

Tarja Trygg
tarja.trygg@taik.fi
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Which characteristics of pinhole are most attractive to you and applicable to your work?
It is so exciting to see the results as the sun basically photographs itself, recording light on the surface of your emulsion. One never knows beforehand what kind of final image will result from Solargraphy. With the simplest lensless pinhole camera, it is possible to catch the sun's path over landscapes at various latitudes by using extremely long exposures ranging from one day to half a year. It is amazing that by doing so the invisible movements of the sun can be made visible in landscapes without using any chemicals. It is equally fascinating that although my cameras have been loaded with a piece of b&w photo paper the results will be in colors. Magic! It interests me greatly because I want to see how different the sun's path varies at different latitudes. We cannot see the movements of the sun with our naked eyes but solargraphy makes them visible. Fortunately I have hundreds of voluntary assistants around the world to help me get solargraphs from different places on our planet. I appreciate their contribution to the project.

Copyright © 2010 tarja trygg
Helsinki, Finland
60°10'11.56"N, 24°5''18"E

the exposure from the winter solstice 08 to the vernal equinox 09
Which new techniques would you like to experiment within the year?
All kinds of non-toxic techniques interest me such as developing b&w films and prints with coffee. In December 2009 we had a lot of fun trying to develop with fresh mint, but it did not work as well as it should have. Although coffee + washing soda + C vitamin pills combined with water works very well.
What creative tools and techniques do you use, such as any specific cameras, film, development, or printing processes?
I like to use all kinds of cameras and homemade pinhole cans, different Lomo cameras, analogical and digital SLR cameras. It depends on the purpose of the final image. Last July I was in Greenland, shooting icebergs with a Canon 5D and Leica D-Lux 3. Before Greenland I was in the Bioart Society team to document the event of climate change 80+1 in Kilpisjärvi, Finland.
Why is pinhole photography important to you?
Solargraphy is a reality in itself. The Sun burns the traces of reality on the emulsion. Solargraphy can be called the art of pinhole photography and space-time art, as well. I often wonder why sometimes the tones of the sun's path is green. Does the green color come from the air pollution? I need more evidence and it is interesting to collect solargraphs with green lines of the Sun. I have a dream to fasten several pinhole cams in the most polluted cities of the world and find out if solargraphy could reveal the quality of air conditions.
 
Final Thoughts: Tarja is a fountain of knowledge regarding Solargraphy. She is writing her doctoral thesis on Solargraphy including the worldwide pinhole art project of Solargraphy. Read more about her work at www.solargraphy.com. You can also read Tarja Trygg's article "Solargraphy - The art of catching the sun’s path through a pinhole camera" on Alternative Photography.com.

- BJK, January 2010.