Friday, March 4, 2011

An invitation to a hanging- Historic Tombstone Courthouse, Tombstone, Arizona, USA

D Stewart PDX's famous "Terminator 3" pinhole camera, Fuji ACROS ISO 100 film, double exposure, 1 second each of the gallows, and a prison yard wall/door. Film was developed in homemade "caffenol" developer. Negative was photographed over a lightbox with a DSLR, post-processing in Photoshop.

Out to the gallows we went, as storm clouds hurried along in the sky. The wind was biting, and blowing hard. D and I remarked that the great angles for an image were roped off. (which didn't daunt our cameras (on tripod legs) from stepping inside the rope a little bit- without us- to make the shots. (-:

This image is a double exposure- the first being a shot of a prison wall and it's door to the outside world. The second image was of the gallows. I just love the long, wide angle, and tunneling effect of T3!

This is a replica gallows- nobody was actually hung from this structure. The real gallows was burned (deliberately) after the county seat was moved to Bisbee, and the courthouse was no longer used in a public/government capacity.

The courthouse was used from the 1880s through the 1920s, before the Cochise County seat was moved to Bisbee, about 20 miles away.

D Stewart PDX came down to my area to photograph, and we had a girls' day out! We pinholed all over Cochise County, Arizona, in the driving snow (flurries) and icy cold wind! We even traded cameras for the day, so I got to shoot a roll of film in her Terminator 3 pinhole camera! (I'll let D tell you which of my cameras she ran around with)

Thanks D, for a wonderful adventure with you! I sure learned much from you, and I love the Terminator!!!!

Image made February 27, 2011.

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