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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.

March 5th, 2010 : Fx Lantrua

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've been taking pictures since I was a kid. I bought a digital camera a few years ago but I ended up bored with it, plus having to store the thousands and thousands of images that were accumulating. Seeing the decline of traditional silver photography, I made a lab equipped for black and white processing. As I got out my old cameras (like a Pentax Spotmatic) and started to test them, my need for practicing pinhole photography was born.

After a few experiments it occured to me that I could produce an image from a camera I made. In 2005 I started the practice of pinhole photography with cans and photo paper. This led me to design a complete camera that would work with the 120 film: since that, I've never stopped making pinhole cameras with various sizes and shapes. I'm constantly improving on the designs based on my desires, needs and materials I find. I have made or I am now modifying 14 pinhole cameras (and many cans or boxes) and the next one will be an anamorphic cam drilled in aluminium like the Abelson Omniscope. I have made a prototype but due to my lack of tools to work aluminium I let this second version down. I'm working on blue prints for the third version. It will be great (I hope).

I am influenced by Scott Speck with his very great use of 4x5 pinhole cam, Xiao Shan, Delio Ansiovini, and Bruce Berrien for his practice of anamorphic cams and all users of his Flickr pool. I also spend some time on many forums like h0lg4.org or f/295.

Fx Lantrua
effixe2002@free.fr
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Which characteristics of pinhole are most attractive to you and applicable to your work?
I really love wide pictures and anamorphic shots. Anamorphic shots are impossible to make in digital and without a hole. I love the fact that I make the camera to produce my photo. Everything is possible.

Copyright © 2010 fx lantrua
Omniscopic Stairs
Homemade Omniscope
Film : 120
Pinhole : 0.26mm
f=14mm to 62mm cylindrical
Format : 6x12
Which new techniques would you like to experiment within the year?
Larger format and anamorphic shots.
What creative tools and techniques do you use, such as any specific cameras, film, development, or printing processes?
I love to shoot with new cameras cheap or not, my favorite film is the Fuji Acros developed in Agfa Rodinal with the stand developpement technique (dilution at 1+100 for one hour).
Why is pinhole photography important to you?
Pinhole photography is important to me because it's a primitive technique. With pinhole photography you can produce an image with all kind of boxes. I love the softly rendered images of this kind of photography.
 
Final Thoughts: Fx's anamorphic images are twisted and mind-bending. His homemade cameras are just as interesting and innovative as his photographs. Learn more about his work at www.flickr.com.

- BJK, March 2010.