Whenever I feel the urge to do some fun experimenting, I always find myself returning to pinhole cameras. There is just no limit to the crazy things you can do with pinholes!
At the start of 2012, I made a list of lomographic new years resolutions. One of them was this one:
4. Make pinhole photos work. I haven’t had much luck with my homemade pinhole cameras. But I’m going to keep trying, dammit!
I had tried pinhole photography before, but the results of my cardboard cameras tended to be a bit underwhelming, to say the least.
Still, every now and then I’d have a small success, like my medium format pinhole camera that actually worked better than all my previous 35mm pinhole camera’s!
But since my 2012 resolution, I’ve really gotten the hang of pinholing. At first with my matchbox pinhole, in my opinion the easiest beginners pinhole camera you can make.
And that was only the beginning. I have found that pinhole camera’s are brilliant for crazy experiments, like my Janus 1.0 camera, where I added a pinhole to the back of a regular camera, allowing for some weird EBS experiments.
A more long-term experiment was the solargraph, where you overexpose photographic paper in a pinhole camera until you don’t even need to develop the paper any more. In the process, you also record the passing of time (i.e. the sun).
I experimented with replacing the lens of a hacked disposable camera with a pinhole.
I made tiny one-picture cameras out of black plastic film cans.
I even made a camera out of a walnut.
And the funny thing is, for every crazy pinhole experiment I do, I come across three other experiments that I want to try. Double sided pinholes, 360° pinholes, 110 format pinholes, lostlittlekids’s double pinhole camera, SLR lenscap pinholes… The list just goes on and on.
I initially just wanted a few recognizable pictures made with a pinhole camera. But, what I got was a new obsession, one that I will continue to enjoy for a long time.