Robert Wilde Personal Portfolio

Bienvenidos a Maclovio Rojas, Baja California, Mexico

WEST GATE TO MACLOVIO ROJAS. 6 1/2" x 24" curved film plane, paper negative, pinhole photograph. 1/17/00 ©Robert Wilde.

In early 1999, I was invited by Michael Schnorr, a founder of Border Art Workshop/Tallér de Arte Fronterízo, to come to the Centro Comunitario Aguascalientes in Maclovio Rojas (map) to conduct a workshop on pin-hole photography for community members. I received a grant from Southwest Minnesota Arts and Humanities Council with McKnight Foundation funding to conduct the workshops and to do my own pin-hole study of the community during January, 2000.

SATURDAY ENGLISH CLASS, 8 JANUARY 2000. 5" x 7" paper negative, pinhole photograph.©Robert Wilde

Participants in the workshop ranged in age from seven to thirty-something, but most of them were ten to fifteen years old. Over three weekends, six different groups of people, a total of about thirty individuals, made cameras and took pictures. The first group was from this english class.

They made 5 x 7 inch pin-hole cameras of cardboard. The most popular subject matter seemed to be self-portraits.

For my study I worked with three different pin-hole cameras. The opening picture was taken with a 6 1/2" x 24" curved plane camera with a 10 inch focal length and radius. Great for panoramas.

Most of my pictures were taken with a 4" x 5" view camera on Polaroid 4x5 Type 55pn print/negative film. This camera could be changed from wide angle to telephoto views.

For portrait work, I used an old Polaroid Super Shooter camera that I converted to pin-hole. It used 3 1/2" x 4 1/2" Type 665pn film packs. It has a fairly short focal length and so is a "fast" camera with the 50 ISO film (f/208, 12-16 second exposures in bright daylight).

As I went around taking pictures of the town, I had a number of people ask me to take their pictures. This worked out well because I could give them the print and keep the negative for future printing. So here is:

Robert Wilde, 2000-2001


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