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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 29th, 2010 : Takahiro Chiba
My name is Takahiro Chiba. I live in Tokyo,Japan. I'm an office worker.

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.
I saw some pinhole photos for the first time, on the internet, in the Winter of 2006. I tried to taking Pinhole picture from Spring of 2007. And I built the homemade pinhole camera Summer of 2007. It's very interesting experience. It's lucky for me to see the photos taken by Japanese famous pinhole photographer, Shikiko Endo and Xiao_shan and so on.

Takahiro Chiba
yumetudure@gmail.com
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Which characteristics of pinhole are most attractive to you and applicable to your work?
Pinhole camera makes characteristic image which is never able to make it by camera with a lens. Very long time of exposure, very simple structure of camera makes a magical image like a dream.

Copyright © 2010 Takahiro Chiba
Bridge to the unknown world
Which new techniques would you like to experiment within the year?
Sometimes, I used the stick which is named "Furifuri Stick". Furifuri means "Swinging" in japan. This stick is very useful to adjust exposure for my ultra wide pinhole camera.
What creative tools and techniques do you use, such as any specific cameras, film, development, or printing processes?
I'm using some Pinhole cameras: Omniscope and Speck Scope 4x5 by Abelson Scope Works, Homemade Pinhole Camera 6x9, Zero 2000 by Zero Image, and a Blender mini 120 by Blender. I love Fuji film.
Why is pinhole photography important to you?
I love taking pictures by simple equipment, no lenses, no complicated operations. I love catching light into my box. Looking for the right place to put my box on...

Because everything became so much busy and full with stress. It' a kind of meditation for me.
 
Final Thoughts: Takahiro's work is a fantastic exploration of color and curves. All of his exaggeratted imagery is achieved through creative tools such as the Abelson Omniscope. Learn more about his work at www.flickr.com.

- BJK, January 2010.