Rakish Light

PROJECT 8: OO Guide to Sobriety (in progress)

To collaborate as a couple, we (Deirdre O’Dwyer and Brian O’Connell) built a box camera with two lenses, of different focal lengths. These lens are located side by side on the front of the box, and the back is fitted with a removeable panel for the insertion of 11 x 14 inch negative lithography film. There is no viewfinder; a piece of dark velvet placed over the lenses serves as a shutter, to be removed for the several seconds, approximately, required for an exposure. We travelled with our camera to 12 locations in the American West (Yosemite; Joshua Tree; Grand Canyon; MacArthur Park; Sequoia/Kings Canyon; San Joaquin Valley; Zuma Beach; Death Valley; Mono Lake; Mammoth Lakes; Bristlecone Forrest; Vagabond Inn, Ventura) for our upcoming photo book the OO Guide to Sobriety, repeating a day-long routine: drive, stop, place the camera in the direction of the scenic shot, take the exposure, drive on; in the evening, find a motel room, set up photochemistry in the bathroom, black out the room, develop the day’s negatives. The images that resulted show two round views side by side.