Pinhole Camera Challenge: Day 2.

“The pinhole camera is proof positive that fundamental principles do not change. Euclid demonstrated the image-forming possibilities of the pinhole in 300 B.C. In the 16th century, Leonardo da Vinci is credited with giving a description of the pinhole camera more or less as we think of it today.

There are, when it comes to making photographs with what amounts to no more than a box and a hole, more than a few sceptics and honest doubters who, from lack of actual participation dismiss pinhole cameras as a mere novelty.

A pinhole camera is easy to build. The camera can be made from almost anything. From oatmeal tins and boxes to made from scratch cameras of wood or sturdy cardboard. There are several places such as the Pinhole Resource in Santa Fe where you can buy cameras made of wood or kits.” – See Reference Here:

Due to illness, I had to leave halfway through the first part of Monday’s Pinhole Camera Challenge but quickly recovered the time lost during today’s session. I was happily taken in by Micha’s group, who is a fellow Maker and two Fine Artists, Eou (not sure I properly spelt her name right. I will ask her on Thursday and double check that) and Jack.

First off, Micha was so well prepared, I felt I had found my people – she gave out resourceful handouts on figuring out the aperature and how long we should expose the film for inside our pinhole cameras.

By the time I joined the group today, the group had already gathered all the materials for the pinhole cameras and Eou(?) had already spray painted them. I quickly jumped in, offering to help with anything.

Part of our group’s challenge was also the visual aesthetics of the actual cameras, not just what they produce. So, I was assigned the task first of gathering two hammers from Martin’s workshop to pin in the shutters when Micha was finished making them. I got started on creating the pinholes using a needle, with guidance from Micha because she has had a lot of previous experience with pinhole camera photography.

Once the shutters were made and coloured black in marker, we set out to attaching them to the cameras.



After the shutter holders were all attached, we started decorating the cameras and making the actual shutters to slide in to block out the light, using a thin piece of card with ductape.

Once this was done, we moved onto creating the lids, using paper-card and ductape.

We are now ready to shoot for Thursday.



Author: lawrenceaaronmaker

Studying a BA Hons in Artist, Designer; Maker at Cardiff Metropolitan University.

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