Alright. You heard the story of us reaching the “Kalol” station. Next up is how the bunch of us turned the railway station’s “Waiting room” into a “Dark Room” and developed pictures that we captured around the station.
The major task for our group was to setup a pitch dark room for developing the pictures that were to be captured. We went on to measure the windows and doors and cut out from rolls and rolls of black plastic sheet that we had carried to the venue. Some adventurers like Akshay Chandekar, even climbed on top of a ladder for covering up the exhaust fan space, to prevent light from entering the room.
Even when we are in the process of making the dark room, and while clicking pictures with nothing but aluminium boxes, we instilled the curiosity of a lot of passersby, who dropped in, asked questions, and even clicked pictures with Andy!
The station master Mr. Tapan Kumar Bhagat was dear enough to not only grant us permission to use the station facilities for the day but didn’t miss a chance to come visit us and wished the best for the day’s activities.
We were running to and fro in batches to expose the tins for test shots, develop them in the dark room, and making bigger and better pictures this time. We just grabbed a quick snack, skipping our lunch to make proper use of the never stopping Sun. Even though it was too hectic a Saturday, our event was quite the crowd puller!!!
We did not think about it at first, but Big tins have their own problems. So our Big tin pin-hole camera came along with it. The transportation problem. Yes, its a Big problem.
As you can see below we tried a few times to get put two big pin-hole cameras. A tedious task and more if u are going to sit next to it for the entire trip.
Finally it was decided to take along with Andy and Ben one big tin pin-hole camera, Bertie.
And the rest, Bob, Bertha and Betty had to come with us in cabs. And that’s were the problem started. All the cabs refused to drop us to Kalol station. Reasons included; can’t take the box, kalol is outside our work area, cops, unsafe for vehicle, etc. And loading autos were way too expensive!
But, luckily for us, we got a ride from one of our friendly guards of NID campus. And he dropped us all including Betty, Bertha and Bob to Kalol railway station in his Maruti Suzuki Eeco.
After working with small tin, pin-hole cameras, experimenting with exposure times, and improving our skills with it. Now its time to move on to Bigger pin-hole cameras. We got our hands on larger tins, and off we go:
Taping the edges and rivets
Making the Pin Hole
Taping the Inside
The names’ Bertie
Giving Final Touches
The name’s Bertha
Being taken to Dark Room to get loaded with photo paper
Now we have 4 bigger Pin Hole cameras. And we call them Bertha, Bertie, Betty and Bob. Each one has its own unique charm to it.
Hopefully, they shall be as brilliant as their smaller counterparts.
It is our first week in the electives and we have exposing our tin cameras, developing the pictures, receiving critiques and improving the skill of pinhole camera exposures.
Meanwhile our course facilitator Andy, went on a scouting trip to find out carriages across various railway yards in the city. If you aren’t aware yet, we will be using these carriages as pinhole cameras, sometime next week to capture and develop pictures.
Also, Andy got us bigger tins and sheets to make bigger pictures than what we made so far.
This is a draft of the poster that we came up with for the exhibition we are planning to put up at the end of two weeks.
Most of the details on the poster are not finalized at this stage as the planning of the exhibition is still in progress. All we know is that it will happen and we are working on it with much enthusiasm.
The ones above are some of the other ideas we were working on, but were discarded because we did not take into account the amount of text that would be required to communicate the message effectively.
On reflection we realised that these images don’t have much to do with what we are going to try to do in these two weeks, but rather represented what we had been doing for the past four days.
In the end we decided that the minimalist logo that we had adopted for this venture of ours would suit the poster very well as it put forth very effectively the relationship between the Indian Railways and the camera we had made. The logo also gave an identity to the project, that had been a bit lacking.