On January 1st of last year, photographer Michael Chrisman began shooting a solargraph by placing a pinhole camera in the Port Lands of Toronto and aiming it at the city’s skyline. Over the next 365, the rising and setting sun slowly exposed the photo paper inside. The total exposure time? 31,536,000 seconds. Instead of developing the image using traditional darkroom chemicals, he instead used a scanner to capture the extremely overexposed image — destroying the original image in the process — and ended up with the photo you see above. Those yellow lines you see in the sky shows the gradual shifting of the sun’s path over the course of 2011.
(via Toronto Star)
Image credit: Photograph by Michael Chrisman and used with permission
Here’s a neat idea for photographic experimentation: create a pinhole camera out of photographic paper by folding it into an origami box with the light-sensitive side on the inside. The hole that is used to blow the box into its shape is also used to expose the inside to the outside world. After exposing it, simply unfold it and process it using standard developer and fix.
Photographer Matthew Nicholson, the guy behind the amazing Lie-ca paper pinhole camera, is at it again. This time he’s building a working paper camera that looks just like a Polaroid One Step Rainbow camera! Branded as the Fauxlaroid Land Camera, it will apparently use actual instant film that the user “processes” manually.
Image credit: Work in Progress – Polariod Pinhole Camera. by matt makes stuff
Photographer Chris Keeny came up with a nifty design for a pinhole camera made using an Altoids mint tin. It’s pretty fancy too, utilizing a re-loadable film take-up spool that uses a metallic turn key to advance the film.
Mouthpiece is a series of photographs by photographer Justin Quinell in which he documents some of his life’s experiences as seen by his mouth. The photographs were captured using a custom pinhole camera created from a 110 film cartridge. It’s a unique perspective of the world that we don’t often see in photographs.
Nine years ago, during his final year as a fine art photography student in Melbourne, Martin Cheung came up with a strange idea: seeing how roast duck was a symbol of Chinese cooking, he wanted to see how the duck saw Melbourne’s Chinatown. He then bought a roast duck, turned it into a pinhole camera, and — after a couple of failures and adjustments — used it to photograph Melbourne’s Chinatown gate. You can find more info on the project (and a step-by-step guide on making your own roast duck camera) over on Cheung’s website.
How a Roast Duck Sees Chinatown [URBANPHOTO]
Film usually comes in pretty boring boxes, but what if you could reuse those boxes as a pinhole camera? Designer Linna Xu won the Packaging category of the 2010 Adobe Design Achievement Awards with this concept, creating these awesome boxes for Ilford medium format film that double as pinhole cameras resembling old school twin-lens reflex cameras. Each box allows users to explore the world of medium format photography without even having a medium format camera!
Mechanical engineer and Flickr user Some Guy (Art) was bored at his job where picture taking was explicitly disallowed, so he did what any rebellious photo-fanatic would do: build a makeshift camera out of trash! Bringing $5 worth of parts (e.g. dowels, bolts, super glue) from home, he successfully turned some machine core — which he calls “cardboard toilet paper tube on steroids” — into a 35mm pinhole camera.
Rather than use ordinary film to capture 2D images, photographer ShiKai Tseng shoots using 3D objects as film. After painting the objects with Liquid Light to make them light-sensitive, he uses a specially designed pinhole camera to expose them to light from all directions. It’s a pretty neat way to decorate things like vases (which he demonstrates in the above video), though scanning the pictures for the web might be a bit tricky…
Update: You can see some of his finished works here.
Skott Chandler’s House Watch project consists of photographs taken in private living spaces using a pinhole camera fixed to the ceiling.