Cameras Made from Food Containers and Floppy Disks

peekfreak is a collaborative project between industrial designer Wai Lam and experimental photographer Yann Huey in which they explore the possibility of making cameras using everyday objects. The cameras they’ve made so far use things such as discarded bike parts, plastic containers, and 3.5” floppy disks.

The cameras are extremely minimalistic, and the sliding metal cover of the floppy disk is used as a simple shutter mechanism to expose the film. Check out the innards:

Since the cameras are so randomly put together, the resulting photographs have their unique looks depending on construction:

If getting weird looks while doing photography is your thing, then these cameras are for you! They aren’t for sale and there isn’t any tutorial on how to make these, but the cameras are simple enough that you should be able to figure it out from the photographs.

peekfreak (via Gizmodo)

Image credits: Photographs by peekfreak

  • Bill Nixon

    I sort of get why you would want to do this, but then I ask myself “why would you want to do this?” The photos are quite weird and you have very little control over the output.

  • QuBe

    Sort of a lot of trouble, expense and environmental impact just to take even crappier photos than the minuscule .3 mp cam on my cellphone.
    For the cost of a few rolls of film and developing you could buy a little P&S that would take pics worth sharing and keeping.

  • AgX

    I do not understand either of the comments that were posted before mine. It feels like a serious generation/format rift. I'm not that old but I've spent my fair share of time in the darkroom. I am not saying either of them haven't but, well, I've never really met many photographers who don't love to mess around with chemistry, make cameras, etc. My friends and I all did it as we were learning the basics and some of us still do. Perhaps its because I was fortunate to be surrounded by photographers as we were learning together in school… but questioning the practicality of making a camera like this just seems real, real, far from the silver halide of my youth, not to mention our beloved medium's history.


  • Bill Nixon

    AgX – True enough. But like anything, technology has trumped the craftsmanship that used to be there in crafting an epic image.

    It must have been wonderful to be in those times. Something so nostalgic and great to remember a slower time.

    It just doesn't happen any more. Even trying to have a discussion with someone generally gets overtaken by tweets, and buzzes from their phones. Facebook and email dominate conversations and people on social networks have become markedly less social.

    Truly, finding some devotees to build and expiriment with these would be fun, but in reality I compete for time with my friends. My competition? Machines like Wii and PS2. I can hardly convince anyone to sit around and play the guitar any longer. My strings wear thin with age rather than play because the people never allow the time to enjoy history, basics, chemistry and expirimentation.

    Okay, I am off of my soapbox now. Roll on time. Roll on.

  • Reusable Bowl Cover

    I think that as long as these food containers preserve food well, people will be interested in them. Good info.

  • QuBe

    The first time I was in a darkroom was when I was 8 years old in grade school…which is coming up to 40 years ago. And I've use 35mm film and medium format cameras until I went digital in 2005.
    So I get the whole fun of making pinhole cameras and whatnot…

    But nowadays, I have to see better justification for the extensive environmental impacts of using film (with all the chemical and material requirements) than the junk photos shown above.
    After the brief amusement of making these cameras, they'll be off to plump up a landfill for a 100 millenia or so.
    Might have been a more acceptable project before digital, but a box, pinhole, lousy pictures and a pile of garbage is not an equitable tradeoff these days for the small bit of fun and education it offers.

    Of course, if it were done that every step was environmentally considerate, then I'd say go to town with it.

  • AgX

    Unfortunately I don't think humanity is doing so great with it's ever-increasing pile of heavy metal laden e-waste either :(

  • anon

    i sense convenience than skills here.