Clematis 7, by Bill Westheimer
Bill Westheimer, a photographer, photogrammer, and experimenter in light and pictures has a huge and glorious site featuring his work.
Any one of the projects alone is a hell of a body of work, but cumulatively it’s mindblowing. I keep going back to look at the wire balls photograms, ferns, the wald series made in the forest, and Manual.
The Manual Project, a series of 150 pictures of hands, made in pairs, with one hand as a photogram, and the other photographed using wet plate collodion, is an astonishing piece of work. There’s an animated selection of the images on youtube, but I enjoyed looking through them slowly, pair by pair.
Collaborating with Charles Schwartz, he’s been exploring the upper east side of New York, using a camera obscura, and recording the results. The work splits into four main parts:
Survey: The landscape and architecture of New York as seen from the Camera Obscura
Surveillance: The Camera Obscura captures the activities and lives of unsuspecting New Yorkers in the course of their daily lives revealing insights into the humanity of the city.
Surface: The two dimensional Camera Obscura images are projected onto objects and bodies contrasting the exterior scenes with unlikely yet related three dimensional shapes
Sun: Observations using the Camera Obscura of the sun and its effects on objects.
Visit, read, explore his work, admire, be inspired.
For those in the right part of the USA: Bill Westheimer’s Wald Pinhole photos are on display at Gallery 51 in Montclair NJ until the end of the summer. There’s more information about the show at Bill’s blog.