spring started last week in tokyo. beautiful sakura or cherry blossoms in full tilt !
to see the trees in full bloom is definitely a spectacle with hundreds of gawkers heading to famous viewing spots around tokyo. among my favorites are aoyama bochi (aoyama graveyard), naka meguro and kitanomaru kooen (near yasukuni jinja).
one of the challenging aspects of making photographs of a yearly event with many, many photographers is having special lenses or panoramic cameras that have the ability to see more than 180-degrees or even in this case 360-degrees. my personal philosophy about photography is to put the viewer where he/she can never be and photographic images that offer a fresh and new perspective. in this case, f/180 and 10 seconds and a vertical format. the human eye sees horizontally with peripheral vision. my vision with the hexomniscope, 120 roll film panoramic pinhole camera is much like the chinese ‘hanging scrolls”.
the hexomniscope was created over 10 years ago by Matt Abelson www.abelsonscopeworks.com, friend and maker of amazing cameras such as the omniscope, 5×7 anamorphic pinhole cameras, and more.
a view of the camera in action.
the camera itself features 6 pinholes with an effective aperture of f/180. in most cases with iso 100 film you get 4 images on one roll of 120 roll film. roughly the size of 6-centimeters by 20-centimeters (negative shown below). each pinhole can individually be activated or deactivated before exposure.