California Today: An Analog View of California:
John Chiara does his photography from scratch.
Even as taking pictures has gotten simpler, Mr. Chiara, 46, constructs his own box cameras — known as camera obscuras — that draw in light through a small hole onto photographic paper.
His biggest camera is the size of a small elephant, which he hauls on a trailer and positions in front of his subjects.
To take a photograph, he squeezes his body inside the camera and pulls a trap door behind him. He positions a sheet of photographic paper as large as four feet by six feet and then manipulates the light and length of exposure.
A single picture takes about half a day.
Chiara’s photos have an amazing, imperfect, analog feel to them.
They’re not even square. I love it.