Exploring Photography: Pinhole Photography

Every wondered how you can take pictures without a camera? This isn’t just some obscure paradox we’ve conjured up for our Exploring Photography series; pinhole photography is a simple method that uses a camera without a lens and with a single small aperture – a pinhole. The end result is achieved by effectively a lightproof box with a small hole in one side, which allows light from a scene to pass through a single point and project an inverted image on the opposite side of the box.

If you go back far enough, many of you may remember making pinhole cameras in school probably with old cereal boxes, suitcases and even paint cans. In fact a just about any container can be made light-proof and can be transformed into a pinhole camera. Pinhole can produce some stunning and singularly beautiful pictures.

Professional photographer Mark Tweedie attempted to depict the Icarus’ joy during his short flight, he created amazing images full of life and mystery. Lithuanian photographer Erika Dudaite transformed a chess game into an otherworldly match of wits with her excellent execution of pinhole photography and Andrius Narvicius, another Lithuanian photographer, created stunning images using a suitcase converted to a pinhole camera.

Exploring Photography: Pinhole Photography

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The beauty of pinhole cameras is that they can be handmade by the photographer to serve a particular purpose. A pinhole camera can also be constructed with simple household utensils. The photographic pinhole camera can consist of a light-tight box with a pinhole in one end, and a piece of film or photographic paper wedged or taped into the other end. The shutter can be made by a flap of cardboard with a tape hinge can be used for the shutter and the pinhole may be punched or drilled using a sewing needle or small diameter bit through a piece of tinfoil or thin aluminum or brass sheet. This piece is then taped to the inside of the light-tight box behind a hole cut through the box. A cylindrical container may be made into a pinhole camera. For more instructions visit the pinhole camera Wikipedia page.

Pinhole Photography - Christine Pear

Photography by Christine Pear

Pinhole Photography Lauren Sowter

Photography by Lauren Sowter

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