Joel Nicholas Peterson set on a quest to turn an old building, which was going to be demolished to make way for a new high-rise, into a giant disposable capture so views of the city around it could be captured from inside the structure during its last standing days.
Joel's vision, process and results were all documented by Nigel Berringer and presented in an interesting short documentary called 'The Big Picture' which you can watch above.
During the shoot, the camera obscura technique was put into action and 4 cameras, each facing north, south, east and west, were set up in different parts of the warehouse. Floors, doors and walls were knocked out to make larger spaces and walls were blacked out to create the perfect environment for exposing images this way.
Giant cameras need massive rolls of film so 100ft rolls of Ortho Litho film were exposed to light and then the negatives were used to make giant contact prints, a process which is shown in much more detail throughout the documentary.
As for exposure times, this did differ from day-to-day but for dark areas, they could be in the region of 26 minutes while lighter areas needed just 6 minutes. All of this was timed manually and techniques such as Dodging & Burning walked straight out of the darkroom into the warehouse, it was just done on a much larger scale.
It's a really interesting project that's great to see from start to finish, plus the images produced are pretty cool too.
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