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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 22nd, 2010 : Mike Rosebery
I'm Mike Rosebery, from Fayetteville, Arkansas. I'm now retired after having worked as an educator, crude-oil pipeline operator, typesetter, and librarian. My introduction to photography was watching, as a six-year-old in the 1950s, my newsman father develop 4" x 5" negatives from his Speed Graphic in our bathroom. I've been hooked ever since.

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.
Pinhole photography has always fascinated me. Decades ago, Eric Renner's work was my introduction to pinhole photography as an art form. For some reason, though, pinhole photography seemed beyond my ability. I thought it was somewhat akin to turning lead into gold. It has only been in the past five or six years that I've been making pinhole photographs. I'm intrigued by Scott Speck's work. He is able to get such wide tonal range and clarity; I think he's a photo genius. Ralph Hattersley's Discover Your Self Through Photography is my go-to book for personal motivation. I was lucky enough to meet Mr. Hattersley and take a photograph of him when we both lived in Austin, Texas.

Mike Rosebery
mikerosebery@gmail.com
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Which characteristics of pinhole are most attractive to you and applicable to your work?
I love the extreme depth of field, the warped perspective and often the vignetting of pinhole photos. The long exposures and (at least for me) guesswork involved are interesting and fun.

Copyright © 2010 MIKE ROSEBERY
Madonna and child
Image taken with a Zero Image 4x5 pinhole AND Fuji FP-100C45 FILm.
Which new techniques would you like to experiment within the year?
I hope to make some alternative prints from pinhole exposures. I'm especially interested in the salted paper, gum bichromate, and albumen processes.
What creative tools and techniques do you use, such as any specific cameras, film, development, or printing processes?
I have a several pinhole cameras, but am particularly fond of a 2-1/4" x 3-1/4" camera made by Michael McCoy of Blind Wino Cameras. I'm also a fan of Eight Banners and Zero Image cameras. I'm lucky to have a local lab that processes 120 film, so I most often use them for color developing, but I use a Jobo drum to develop my 4" x 5" monochrome negatives. I'm working hard to make film positives and negatives on my ink-jet printer so I can try various contact-print processes someday.
Why is pinhole photography important to you?
In the film-only days, I disliked film grain, distortion, fuzziness, etc. I wanted crisp negatives with perfect exposure. Now, having used digital cameras for over a decade, I love the very things about film that I used to avoid. Pinhole photography has all of the things that make film so wonderful. Delayed gratification is probably at the top of the list. I enjoy the holding that freshly-developed strip of negatives up to the light to see what's there.
 
Final Thoughts: There is a strong sense of nostalgia present in Mike's work and the feeling of the past is comforting, inviting, and yet haunting. I think pinhole photography is a perfect compliment to his work and technique. Learn more about Mike at www.flickr.com.

- BJK, January 2010.