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Pinhole Day 2018 in Norwich by Jana Uyeda

I had the opportunity to celebrate Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day in the fine city of Norwich, Norfolk which is about 2 1/2 hours northeast of London. The event was coordinated by the great Alex Yates who picked us (the Americans) up in a giant van and gave a tour of his beloved city. He also organized The Pinhole World show at Frank's Bar to celebrate the annual event. 

For this event I packed my ONDU 66 and Fujifilm Neopan Acros 100. Here are my WPPD images but you can also view more at my Instagram where I share images on a daily basis.

On our first day in Norwich Alex took us on a trip to the coast where we accessed the North Sea at Salthouse.

From there we ventured towards lunch with a quick stop at St. Margaret's Church in Cley next the Sea, a gorgeously crumbling 14th century church. 

After a delicious lunch and a lot of tea we visited Baconsthorpe Castle.

The weather in Norwich was a bit terrible as it was rainy, cold and wet but we found many opportunities for tea and shelter as we toured the area.

I hope you enjoyed this first post and I'll have more images from WPPD soon!

Sagrada Familia by Pinhole by Jana Uyeda

During my trip to Barcelona I had the opportunity to visit the Sagrada Familia, one of the most visited tourist spots and an architectural wonder. 

I arrived just as the sun was setting behind the cathedral, casting a shadow over the entrance. When I walked up the stairs I honestly thought the entrance was a bit grotesque, like a candle dripping and running down its sides. There was so much detail in every available space, it was overwhelming.

The interior was an entirely different experience. The light was pouring through the stained glass windows and the geometry was astounding. 

At the very top of the ceiling, in several areas, there was a kind of fabric that gave the highest points a softer, gossamer like feel. It was a beautiful touch, though I'm sure more practical than I imagined. In the image below, the famous double-twisted columns gave a feeling of walking beneath a shelter of trees.

Jesus told me, before my visit, that I could not imagine the interior and he was right. There are crowds of tourists everywhere, but it's worth all that to experience the immense beauty within. Here is a pinhole looking up towards a cubist sculpture. I'm not entirely sure who or what that sculpture represents, but it's prominent. You can see the tourists' feet below. 

Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day in Barcelona by Jana Uyeda

This year for Pinhole Day I gathered with a network of friends in Barcelona, Spain. We shot some pinhole, dined on chorizo and cheese, drank vermouth and laughed together as good friends do. 

I would like to say thank you to this year's hosts, Jesus Joglar and Xavi Bassols, who organized strolls through this wondrous city, fantastic lunches and even a pétanque game beneath the Arc de Triomf. It isn't easy navigating the cobblestone alleyways and winding paths of Barcelona, but between the occasional coffee shop stop and tapas, I always found energy.

I'm still working through the rolls of film from this trip, but here are a few favorites:

This image was made on Pinhole Day as we strolled through the streets. I had my  ONDU  6x6 on the floor and pointed up. It captures just one of the many long, narrow streets of Barcelona.

This image was made on Pinhole Day as we strolled through the streets. I had my ONDU 6x6 on the floor and pointed up. It captures just one of the many long, narrow streets of Barcelona.

An image taken on the Barcelona metro with  Markus , Jesus and  Alex . Note the Pinhole Assist app on my phone keeping time for my exposure.

An image taken on the Barcelona metro with Markus, Jesus and Alex. Note the Pinhole Assist app on my phone keeping time for my exposure.

A pinhole from the  Sagrada Familia . The area inside and out was swarming with tourists so you can imagine what happened the first time I put my pinhole camera on the floor. A tourist came by with his hands raised taking pictures of the ceiling and kicked the camera. I immediately picked it up and wound to a new frame. This image was not intentional but I love the result.

A pinhole from the Sagrada Familia. The area inside and out was swarming with tourists so you can imagine what happened the first time I put my pinhole camera on the floor. A tourist came by with his hands raised taking pictures of the ceiling and kicked the camera. I immediately picked it up and wound to a new frame. This image was not intentional but I love the result.

An intentional image of the Sagrada Familia and my entry for the WPPD gallery.

An intentional image of the Sagrada Familia and my entry for the WPPD gallery.

Quality pinhole time with friends by Jana Uyeda

Working my way through a box of film recently developed by Blue Moon Camera in Portland, Oregon and excited to share these two pinholes today. When I dine out with friends I'll often have a pinhole camera to record the event and love seeing the results.

In the first frame I can see and remember how much I enjoyed the conversation with Shannon and Marisa, so much so that my white cellphone barely left the table.

This next image was taken at a pho restaurant in White Center, a short drive from my home. I was a little less animated and you can even make out my face and hair. I enjoy the distortion in this image with the foreground objects much larger in proportion than they would be in real life. Great fun and great pho!