Site Specific Cameras

Adam Donnelly and David Janesko

Adam Donnelly & David Janesko, Waddle Beach, CA, 2016

Pinhole cameras made out of found materials, resulting photo prints of various dimensions

USA 2012–ongoing


"Site Specific Cameras is a collaborative project between Adam Donnelly and David Janesko that combines photography and land art. We build large cameras out of materials found in given landscapes and then use them to photograph the landscape. If we want to build a camera in the forest, for example, the camera is likely made of materials such as logs, sticks, leaves, and dirt. We always use a found aperture, something with a preexisting tiny, roundish hole. The physical components of the landscape feedback into the character of the camera and final photograph. The cameras are large enough for one of us to fit into and we act as the mechanical parts of the camera such as shutter and film advance.

We have several years using this process to catalogue the varied landscapes around the San Francisco Bay Area. Recently, we expanded the project to New Mexico, Colorado, and other regions of California." (Adam Donnelly and David Janesko)


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