Monday, January 15, 2007

The largest picture in the world

Is it possible to make the best picture in the world?
Certainly not.
But it is definitely possible to make the largest picture in the world.

Yesterday was a visit to the Marine Corps Air Station El Toro in Irvine, California.
This used to be a large military base founded in 1942. From El Toro marines went off to the battlefields of the Second World War, to Korea and Vietnam. The military base was closed down 8 years ago and since then was left untouched. Only recently they started to demolish all the buildings and runways to build new houses and create a park.

A group of 6 brave Californian photographers got the idea to use one of the large hangars as an enormous pinhole camera to make the largest picture in the world.
This turned out to be a gigantic challenge. To make the hangar lightproof, the floor level, a construction to hang the image of 28 x 108 feet (8,5 x 33 meters), a basin to develop, fix and wash the image.
On July 12, 2006 the picture was taken and ready. A huge image showing the Marine Corps Air Station El Toro control tower, twin runways with a backdrop of the San Joaquin Hills and the Laguna Wilderness.

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