Wednesday, 23 July 2008

last minute preparations!

well it's all been a bit hectic this week as I started my new job on monday, but as I leave on Saturday Morning I have to use the evenings to prepare, hence me not updating much (sorry!).
Thanks for all the kind donations i've had, it's really nice of people to support this project!
I'm almost ready to go, I went to London last weekend to give a friend Cass 9 of the shoe boxes as she is flying out with two other volunteers on friday but I can't leave until saturday! I couldn't carry all this stuff on my own!
I'm a little worried about luggage limits and if my hand luggage bag will be accepted as hand luggage dimensions but i'm hoping for the best (it's about 1cm out at the wheels bit!).
I've so much to take it's rediculous, next time I am going to fly out with somebody and share the stuff out equally between us as a joint project, I have plans to eventually do a similar project in Belarus (hopefully).
Tonight I am working on some flash cards for the kids to try and let them understand the process a bit, we will have a translator but I know I learn better from images than somebody describing one for me, They will be very basic explanations as I sometimes wonder at the magic of light sensitve paper myself and I dont have a clue how to explain that one!
They will be something along the lines of these diagrams:

I guess I may be able to update whilst in Romania but possibly not often!

Friday, 11 July 2008

back, black and more black! (paint that is!)

Today I have been mostly painting the inside of shoe boxes black! (for the pinhole cameras!):

untill I thought it was going to rain so I packed everything away only to find the sun came out again!!!

Thursday, 3 July 2008

The cameras are in progress

The pinholes ready to test:

The pile of boxes to prepare (I'm taking 12 over):

The tin can pinhole on a camera:

The inside of the camera:

I'm going to be flattening these boxes once they are created and tested so that we can take them over in our luggage!
I didn't realise how little paint is in a spray can!! I bought one matt black can and managed to spray just three cameras! I think i'm going to change to good old paint in a can for the rest!!

After I posted a thread on the flickr Brighton group I have had a few genourous donations for the project in the form of black insulation tape (we need loads of this!) and some money, thankyou sooo much to anyone who is taking an interest in this project.

I have spoken to somebody at Ilford/Harman in regards to some sponsorship for the project in the form of photographic paper, she seemed pretty positive and is going to put my case forward, fingers crossed!!!