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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.

November 20th, 2009 : Stephan Kaps
Hey.... I am Stephan Kaps aka mephisto19, speech-, breath- and voice teacher (methode Schlaffhorst-Andersen) and currently student of arts and theatre to become school teacher at HBK (Hochschule für Bildende Künste) Braunschweig (Brunswick). I still live in a small town near Hannover, Germany.

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.
My first contact was after Lomography World Congress 2006 where I got my Diana+ including a pinhole function. That's when I started pinhole photography.

My experience:
1. it takes longer than you think
2. A tripod is a good pinhole friend
3. A cable release is another important friend

As lomographer, my personal style is shooting everything I want to shoot, stop thinking, trying (even if nothing comes out), making double-exposures. As I am the happy owner of a Holga120WPC I use her quite often and in every lighting condition.

Stephan Kaps
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Which characteristics of pinhole are most attractive to you and applicable to your work?
I love the softnes of pinhole shots. They are so dreamy, so unpredictable.
 

Copyright © 2009 Stephan Kaps
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I took this shot in Hannover using my Holga 120 WPC, getting lightleaks, too after cross processing the slide film.
Which new techniques would you like to experiment within the year?
Building up a giant panoramic 120 pinhole camera is an idea.
What creative tools and techniques do you use, such as any specific cameras, film, development, or printing processes?
Diana+
Holga 120 WPC
Cross process
Light leaks
Tripod + cable release
Why is pinhole photography important to you?
Pinhole is back to the roots and needs time. So pinhole is a kind of meditation and a break of daily life to meditate counting during the exposure.
 
Final Thoughts: Stephan's work is seemingly non-calculated and that spontaneity results in creative image-making. He employs light leaks, blur, ghosting, and double exposures which all add to the interest and success of his pinhole work. I encourage you to review more of his work on either Flickr or Lomography.

- BJK, November 2009.