A couple of months ago I got an email from the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art telling me about a “pinewood car” race they were putting on. It seems that artists in the Northeastern US had been building and racing their “pinewood cars” for several years and now SECCA was inviting them down South to take on artists from the Southeast. Sounded like a “photo op” to me, so I began working on a design for a pinhole camera pine car racer, or a PINholE CAmeRa RACER.
I ordered a pinewood kit (block of wood and wheels) and built a pinhole camera to fit the dimensions. The camera takes a 2″ x 2.5″ negative. I’ll take both paper and film to the race, but I expect to use the film. I’m assuming the race will last just a few seconds, so I may need to use a film rated at 400 and push the processing.
2″ x 2.5″ pinhole camera, curved negative carrier
Once the camera was completed, I choose a crew and built the car.
Jane and baby, ready to race
This will be Jane’s first auto race. Her previous outing was flying a biplane in the early 80’s. Baby is happy to go anywhere.
The car is designed to travel slow in order to prolong the camera exposure and hopefully capture a sense of the faster cars in the race. We’re in no hurry in the PINholE CAmeRa racer.
Jane and baby had time for a test run before the trip to Winston-Salem via the US Postal Service.
Jane and Baby pose for camera before race
Please wish us luck in coming in last with a fine photo finish of the race. The race will be held Saturday, Sep 16th from 1-4pm, but the cars will be on exhibit July 22 through October 1, 2006. SECCA is a great museum of contemporary art, so please visit.