Some Assembly Required: Jesús Joglar

This series focuses on those who take the making of pictures a step or two further, creating their own photographic tools.

Woods in Red, made with modified pinhole camera with infrared film and orange filter

Jesús Joglar, Barcelona, Spain

Jesús Joglar’s strange and evocative color photographs present a unique representation of our landscape. Having always enjoyed experimenting with various films, filters, and cameras, Joglar’s discovery of Kodak’s EIR Aerochrome Color infrared film inspired him to create a camera as unique as his vision.

Modified to hold filters

Affectionately called “The Ladybug,” an out of commission Digna camera boldly displays a ladybug magnet on the front, which doubles as the camera’s shutter. Joglar discovered the non-working 1950s Spanish camera at a flea market where he took it home and gave it new life by transforming the body into a pinhole camera. He replaced the drum that held the single lens optics with a piece of tincan through which he made a pinhole. “The Ladybug” takes 120mm film and records a 6x6 format.

To achieve the desire dreamlike effect, Joglar added a grinded filter ring to the inside of the camera’s body in order to photograph with a variety of filters. These are not the digital “filters” of Instagram and Photoshop but are colored glass or plastic “discs” used with analogue cameras to alter the film’s color spectrum. The combination of the image distortion from the pinhole, and the color distortion from the infrared film and, in this case, orange filter, makes for a surreal and otherworldly interpretation of the world around us.

The Ladybug

View more of Joglar’s work on his website.

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