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PinHolo - The story of how I made a Pine-Nut Pinhole Camera!

When I was a student at the Fine Arts Academy in Perugia, I fell in love with stenopeic photography and started gathering every kind of document I could about it and its technical evolution. I asked for some information from my photography teacher, Antonio Todini - He suggested that I search "Pinhole Photography" on the internet and as a way of remembering things said: “Pinhole, it sounds like pinolo (pine nut, in Italian), but with the 'H' after the 'N' and the final 'E'”. Since that moment the little nut planted itself in my mind and grew in the form of a challenge to make my very own pine nut pinhole camera!

  • After eating the pine nut fruit, I used the sides of the shell as a “camera obscura”. I needed the inside to be black, so I painted it. Then, I made a hole in the center of one side and applied on it a plate with a pinhole in the center. I also made two little metal rings, whose function was to keep shut the nut and keep off the light.
  • In a dark room I snipped some photographic paper paper as big as the pinenut size and put them into the little camera, that I called Pinholo. I used my thumb as shutter.
  • Removing the thumb from the hole and pointing the nut at my face then pointed a flash light right on my face (and going blind for a while).
  • Back in the dark room, I opened the Pinholo and put the photographic paper bit in the developing bowl. At the center of the paper started to appear something, somehow similar to a portrait… the Pinholo functioned!
  • With the scanner I enlarged the little negatives and restored them in positive. Eureka! The portraits were real!

So, I was able to turn a pine nut into a functioning stenopeic camera. I was so enthusiast that I based my graduation thesis on the pinholo. And it was a winning choice!

Born as a wordplay, soon the pinholo became a challenge and, years later, it still is intriguing, while I still play and take on new challenges…

World Pinhole Day is on Sunday! Find out more about it at www.pinholeday.org

written by francescco

30 comments

  1. cyan-shine

    cyan-shine

    Genius! Bravo! Well done! :D

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  2. eastmoe

    eastmoe

    genius and crazy..happy World Pinhole Day.

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  3. nicx

    nicx

    So little

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  4. gelibee

    gelibee

    Brilliant idea! :)

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  5. pzjo

    pzjo

    insane & incredible!

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  6. mythguy9

    mythguy9

    There is also another brilliant photographer who shot pinhole with eggs.

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  7. lucid_dreamer

    lucid_dreamer

    Awesome, just awesome!

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  8. kylewis

    kylewis

    Francesco beautiful work, good to see it as an article!

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  9. richidearthworm

    richidearthworm

    it is lucky you are not allergic nuts... it could have got out of hand really meow

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  10. natalieerachel

    natalieerachel

    So awesome!! I just made a pinhole out of a film canister, it sounds boring after reading this!

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  11. kleeblatt

    kleeblatt

    fantastic !!!!!

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  12. sobiksaabik

    sobiksaabik

    vonderful!

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  13. linusbm

    linusbm

    So cool!

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  14. ariannapaloma

    ariannapaloma

    incredibile! so cool!

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  15. lighttomysoul

    lighttomysoul

    hahaha that is EPIC man! :D awesome!

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  16. awesomesther

    awesomesther

    EPIC WIN!!!! :D

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  17. victorvg84

    victorvg84

    Oncredible!!!
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  18. domemerson

    domemerson

    Nuts!

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  19. dabai

    dabai

    WOW!

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  20. izzarosli

    izzarosli

    epic win!

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  21. izzarosli

    izzarosli

    epic win!

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  22. gittlob

    gittlob

    thats just cool!! I saw an article not so long ago on wordpress about a single use egg pinhole camera if I can find it again i will post it here if your interested

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  23. gittlob

    gittlob

    found it!! this link ids the orgiginal one from the lomo site
    http://www.lomograph(…)hole-camera

    and the blog link is
    http://www.crunchgea(…)ole-camera/

    I think this is so cool and an awesome idea making pinholes out of everything!! Im thinking coconut!! unless someone has already done it??

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  24. jaguarwomon

    jaguarwomon

    Very creative!

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  25. hifi

    hifi

    Oh my gosh, genius! The pictures look surreal. :D
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  26. andredimu

    andredimu

    O.o

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  27. synness

    synness

    amazing!
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  28. federiico

    federiico

    Amazing story between you and the pinhole photography!!
    Realy lovely relationship!

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  29. earlybird

    earlybird

    awesome!!

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  30. schlogoat

    schlogoat

    Awesome.

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