My name is Daniel Aime, I am 40 years old and I am from the city of Rosario, Argentina. I am a photographer, currently interested in alternative photography, blueprints, cyantotypes and chlorophyllotypes but mostly pinhole photography. I love researching and playing with pinhole cameras that I build myself, always in the search for an authentic freedom of formats and textures outside the conventions of the world of photography of the 21st century.
To shoot pinhole is to practice a FREE technique that encloses the basic and fundamental principles of photography. Pinhole photography allows us to move freely between unimagined, endless formats. It is an authentically free photograph, it gives us the possibility to break all the established rules and open up to the imagination and our most playful and experimental senses to appropriate the world around us.
Experimentation through pinhole photography is a tool that allows us to always be surprised by the uncertainty and the vagaries of the behaviour of light. Although there are lots of physical laws that govern the behaviour of light, entering the pinhole world is always a path that zigzags between surprise and artistic beauty of sometimes clear images and sometimes ambiguous ones, like out of a dream. If we could “photograph” our dreams those images would, without doubt, be pinhole: subtle, personal, formed by a minimum amount of light in the middle of the purest darkness. A tiny amount of light, but necessary and sufficient to unleash a world of its own completely mysterious and intimate, captivating and beautiful.
I believe that there is no particular “theme” that I pursue with my practice, I like to photograph the everyday, my house, my family, all through the pinhole camera. Of course, my practice has changed over time. Mainly the process of construction of the cameras that I use, adapting them to the needs that were arising in my search, as well as to resolve concerns that arise in the aesthetic plane of photography that I try to show.
There is no specific piece that I’m proud of, I think in a way, each one of the pinhole pictures I get has something that makes me proud. The mere fact of being able to get images from a camera built with your own hands should already be a pride (and I think it really is) for anyone who is attracted to alternative photography.
I usually get the most inspiration from my everyday environment, it may be from a movie I’ve seen, from a book I read, or just from curiosity to know “how would this picture look if I do it in such and such a way …”
I love many photographers, the work that Francesca Woodman did, I love it. Or the Chilean artists; Sergio Larrain, Otto Steinert, etc. From Argentina, Adriana Lestido and Horacio Coppola, in short, many great photographers. But I think that, as I said before, the biggest inspiration is to enjoy playing with pinhole cameras in my everyday life.
A dream project would be to show my work in different parts of the world. Travel and connect with people who also enjoy pinhole photography and share experiences.
The best advice I received was to understand that there are no “good or bad” photographs. Learning to understand that each one shows what they want to show and in the way they are most interested in and that, what really matters is whether or not one could capture the intention in the photograph. A photograph can only be judged by the person who made it.