Corpus Christi Bay, Corpus Christi, Texas
by Reuben Njaa
About the Book
I decided on an “old school” approach to this series. One that has been around almost as long as photography itself – a pinhole camera.
The reasons were simple I wanted to slow down in my art and to allow the longer exposure time to revel the oceans meditate quality.
The pinhole forced me to use a tripod and find my spots with care rather than just randomly shooting the bay with out much thought as it often the case with 35mm digital or film cameras.
I waited for the light to change and the tides to begin. I carried my camera with me always keeping an eye on the water and the changing weather stopping when conditions warranted.
I chose the diptych format, because it accentuates the movement of the water – you see rocks until the tide washes over them only to be uncovered a minute or two later. The process duplicates itself repeatedly, as it has for generations – a record of the passage of time. The film’s colors are subdued through long exposures, overcast days and the pinhole’s lack of a real lens.
This series was photographed along Ocean Drive, which runs along side Corpus Christi Bay in Corpus Christi Texas.
Features & Details
- Category Fine Art Photography
Standard Landscape, 10×8 in, 25×20 cm
- Publish Date May 30, 2011
- Tags fine art photography, Corpus Christi Texas, color photography, pinhole photography, ocean photography, Gulf of Mexico, South Texas, Texas coast, Third Coast, photography, Ocean, water, swimming, meditative, yoga, spiritual, restful
My name is Reuben Njaa (NAH). Norwegian. I am teaching photography at Art Institute of Pittsburgh Online. Previously I taught photography, design, and Photoshop at Texas A&M International University in Laredo, Texas for five years. I have a BS in Agriculture, BA in Art and a MFA in Studio Arts with a concentration in Photography. I was a commercial photographer for over twenty-five years. I started in New York working for a very well known fashion/portrait photographer for eight years. I moved to Minneapolis and opened my own studio. After about twelve years living there my wife and I moved back to San Antonio, Texas in order to raise our daughter as a Texan. Now days I teach and shoot those things that interest me.