It might seem over the top, but Wayne Belger's speech does make a lot of sense. The act of photographing shouldn't be fleeting and distant, coming down to the mere instant of the shoot, even though that "fleeting moment of light and time", in the words of Wayne himself, is captured for all eternity. So, when he chooses a theme to photograph, he spends some time studying it first. Afterwards, he pictures how an image of that theme should look like. Finally, he builds an adequate camera, surely enough, bizarre.
Wayne Belger is self-taught when it comes to life. He did a bit of everything before showing an interest in photography, a serious passion. His approach is rather radical and therefore he despises very artificial processes, such as digital photography, and focuses on the absolute degree of photography: the pinhole technique. Through this process, the relationship with the subject being photographed is stronger and the end result is more real, with no manipulations. But, whereas the system is simple, his involvement is complex - we're talking about the box that contains the film. That's where Wayne reveals all his creativity...
To build the pinhole camera, he starts by gathering objects related to the subject being photographed - which are sometimes fairly bizarre - that can even include biological parts, depending on the theme, and materials as varied and sophisticated as aluminium, titanium, copper, brass, bronze, steel, silver, gold, wood, acrylic, glass, bone, ivory, etc. The results are amazing.
The Heart is made out of aluminium, titanium, acrylic, formaldehyde and an infant human heart and was designed to take pictures of women who are, at least, eight months pregnant.
The Yemaya is an underwater camera made from aluminium, acrylic, brass, sea creatures and pearls.
Designed to study the beauty of decay, the Third Eye camera is made from aluminium, titanium, brass, silver, gem stones and a 150 year old skull. The pinhole is precisely the third eye.
Altar is the name of this camera, designed to photograph the numerous altars that exist on sites of car accidents.
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