Diesel School of Island Life: Sarah Roesink

The photographer gives us the lowdown on the joys of using pinhole photography and some of the tips she will share at the Diesel-led workshop tomorrow

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As part of the ambitious 'Diesel School of Island Life' programme launched this May, photographer Sarah Roesink - a former Dazed Digital RISE star - will be next up in their panel of independent creatives to work with Diesel Island passport holders in the series of free events, parties, workshops and field trips - as hosted by special guests from the areas of art, film, politics, and music.

In a special one-off workshop to explore the depths of pinhole photography, Roesink will be leading the event to provide insight and how-to tips to produce the best results in this highly creative and lo-fi form of photography. Dazed catch up with the past-featured photographer to see what's in store for passport holders...

Dazed Digital: What do you think are the advantages to pinhole photography?
Sarah Roesink:
I think the advantages of pinhole photography are that it makes you work very differently to most other forms of photography. The workflow is much slower, as most of the time you are limited to a single photograph before having to reload the camera in the darkroom (but this can vary due to the sort of pinhole camera you use). The image quality is obviously something very unique, especially when working with colour paper, it has a special mood that is impossible to recreate digitally. I also like the versatility of it, as you can load the camera with various sizes of film and paper and the results are very different.

DD: Do they outweigh the disadvantages?

Sarah Roesink: I don't think that there are any disadvantages in pinhole photography, it's just a different way of working and any complications linked to it are just a part of the process.

DD: What was your first experience with pinhole photography?

Sarah Roesink: My first real experience with pinhole photography was during my Foundation Course at Kingston College (I tried making a pinhole camera before that but failed), where we built a pinhole camera in the first week of the course. I had come to the course knowing that I wanted to do photography afterwards at university and had struggled through life drawing exercises the first few days of the course, questioning if I was doing the right thing. Building the pinhole camera with Chrystel Lebas, who was teaching at Kingston at the time, made me start enjoying the course in that first week.

DD: And what are you working on now in your own projects?
Sarah Roesink: I'm in the process of trying out some new things, visual results will be online shortly.

Cameraless Pinhole Photography Fieldtrip with Sarah Roesink, Saturday May 28, 2011, 11am, The Britannia Pub, 360 Victoria Park Road London E9 7BT - More info HERE

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