Where are you located?
I was raised in Europe and the Bay Area. I currently live in Ranchos de Taos, New Mexico, near the San Francisco de Asis Church. The landscape, architecture, and rich cultural heritage of Northern New Mexico provide me with endless photographic opportunities.
How long have you been doing pinhole work?
I made pinhole photographs for the first time in 1997.
In 2007, I began to explore the medium in-depth while on a three month camping trip in the Eastern Sierra and Death Valley National Park. One image from this series was selected for the show “Photography at High Speed: A Historical and Contemporary Exhibit” at the Los Angeles County Fair. My photograph was awarded the finalist and legacy awards.
What camera (s) do you use?
I use a Zero Image 4×5 Deluxe designed by Zernike Au. I particularly enjoy the camera’s three different focal lengths, and unique shutter system.
What is your favorite camera for pinhole work?
Zero Image 4×5 Deluxe. I selected the Zero Image because of its shutter system, and its precision drilled pinhole. This camera is lightweight and compact, is beautifully crafted, and the manual system allows for outstanding control over exposure.
What’s your favorite subject?
While I’m drawn to subjects such as mountains, plants, and historic architecture, the subject matter has to fit a certain criteria for me to engage in photographing it. The most important criteria is my emotional response to what I see. If at any stage while photographing something, I lose my emotional connection to the subject, I pack up the camera and walk away. Conversely, if my connection to the subject continues to grow, I will explore it until my curiosity is fulfilled.
See more of Laura’s work at her website and in her flickr stream
I love Lauraâ€™s pictures. The black & white desert shots give a whole new, otherworldly feeling to that landscape. I can relate to her emotional connection â€“ its a surefire way to capture something magical and her work proves it. 🙂
Absolutely love your boots and the cabin images but they all have such a wonderful desolation to them!
Thank you Dennis and Ky!
Laura, your lf work..particularly the photogravures is absolutely spellbinding.
The boots pic is awesome.
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