The afternoon of April 27, 2014 was spent on a Langley farm in Canada taking pictures with a homemade paint can pinhole camera, celebrating World Pinhole Photography Day. I am akula, a high school photography teacher, and this is why pinhole photography works for me.
April 27, 2014 was spent striving for perfect photographs taken with a camera made from a paint can. I planned for this day by converting my bathroom into a darkroom. My paint can pinhole camera takes one 18 × 25 cm photo at a time. It took three failed attempts to find the right exposure, which is between three and four minutes. The very fine aperture (made with a beading needle in the aluminum cut from a pop can) and the large negative make for a sharp image. One of the most interesting aspects of pinhole photography is the virtually infinite depth of field. I also like the ghosting effect you can get from very long exposures. The curved back of my paint can camera distorts the image; straight lines appear curved and bowed.
Each print was processed between shots; this was a very slow process. Being slow and methodical, however, allowed me to work out composition and concept.The first image is a self-portrait with a Paragon cup and saucer, with me sitting on a bench next to the side of the house. I was pleasantly surprised at how well the cedar shakes were rendered. The cedar shakes show the distortions created by the curved back of the paint can camera. I shot 4 versions of this photo. Each version creates a different narrative.
I also photographed my son’s bike and myself on a ladder.
The last two photos I shot that day were as the sun was getting low in the sky, the camera was on the ground pointed towards a back lit gate and fence. I posed in one of these shots, leaning up against the gate to keep still for the four-minute exposure. Due to the ghosting effect, it looks as though I am standing on the other side of the gate.
I am pleased with the results of the afternoon’s efforts and glad that World Pinhole Photography Day gave me a reason to play with a slow but awesome homemade camera.
Did you miss this year's Film Photography Day celebration? Here's a recap of all the events that happened in April, in honor of our love for analogue photography. Of course, remember that you can always make any day a Film Photography Day if you wish; just gather your friends and organize a LomoMatrix in your area! For inspiration, check out what Lomography Gallery Stores and Lomography Embassy Stores from all over the world came up with.
Join the Lomography Gallery Stores in London for some super April workshops. We have a highly advanced light painting workshop with one of our most dedicated Lomo-homies Nilan, a scavenger hunt to celebrate Film Photography Day, a LOMOMATRIX workshop, two parties AND a pinhole workshop. Phew! Find out details and dates right here.
April 27th is World Wide Pinhole Day! This is definitely one of our favorite holidays and we will be celebrating this year with a super informative workshop. We will teach you everything you’ll need to know to take a fantastic pinhole photograph during the upcoming holiday.
In celebration of World Pinhole Photography Day today, we've decided to make a compilation of all the amazing pinhole-related stuff we've seen, written, and read here in the Lomography website through the years. We're sure many of you will be out to take pinhole snaps throughout the day in celebration of the occasion, but in case you're itching for some more inspiring reads on pinhole photography, you might as well read on and check out our compilation!
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