Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day: Multigenerational event at BMCA

Special to Black Mountain News

Be a part of the arts by celebrating Worldwide Pinhole Day from 1-4 p.m. April 28, at the Black Mountain Center for the Arts located at 225 W. State St.

Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day is an annual international event, which according to the pinhole day website is created to promote and celebrate the art of pinhole photography. The organization encourages people across the globe to take some time off from the technological world by making a pinhole photograph, and then to share their vision and the unusual beauty of this historical process.

Photographer Lynette Miller has been facilitating this event at the Arts Center for the past 10 years. This year’s Pinhole Day will be lead by three generations of the Latta family, with Miller supervising.

Black Mountain resident Marge Latta had a darkroom in her home in which her son Chris learned photography, gained an appreciation for film and a love of cameras. Now Chris’ daughter Amanda is hooked. All three have been participating in the Arts Center’s event for the past several years. Last year they kept the developer moving in the basement kitchen which Miller modifies to work as a dark room. The Latta’s love of photography, enthusiasm for Pinhole Day in particular and general skill set was just what Miller was looking for to help with the many people who want to come by and take a pinhole photo or make a camera and use it to celebrate Pinhole Day.

“Pinhole photography is a fun thing to do,” says Chris Latta. “Anyone can do it.”

Visitors can spend as little as 15 minutes to the full three hours choosing from a wide variety of homemade, beautiful pinhole cameras and receiving instruction on the very simple, almost magical process that was discovered in the 1600s. Participants will be guided in the necessary steps to create a photograph and then can wait to see the developed results. Images will then be downloaded to the Worldwide Pinhole Photography site to join images from around the world.

This event will be held rain or shine. No experience is necessary. Materials will be provided, but Miller is always looking for light-tight boxes or tins to make into cameras. This free event takes place on the lower back level of the Black Mountain Center for the Arts. For more information call 828-669-0930 or visit or www.blackmountainarts.