Pinhole photographer Thomas Hudson Reeve has come up with an interesting concept for shooting: he doesn’t use a camera and he doesn’t even use film! Instead, he uses Papercams, pinhole cameras made entirely out of photo paper! Check out the awesome results below.
New York artist Thomas Hudson Reeve thinks modern cameras are great but likes to go back to the roots of camera obscura. Stripping away technology and sticking with the basic abstracts of photography, Reeve has lead the Papercams movement.
“A simple manipulation of space, a few materials, and a couple of hand tools and the magic (physics) is at your fingertips without sophisticated engineering,” the artist says.
Reeve explains in detail how he makes, shoots with, and develops Papercams on his website, yielding these origami-like prints made from a sheet of photo paper. Take note that the image was shot directly onto the paper, no buttons necessary!
“To simplify these cameras as much as possible I made them out of the 11×14 inch photo-paper itself. There is no film in the camera because the camera is the film. Like a salad bowl made of lettuce leaf, and consumed with the meal, the camera doesn’t exist after its utility is fulfilled. There is no machine. It is more of an arrangement than a thing.”
How fitting is that lettuce salad bowl analogy? And how amazing is the outcome? Papercams sure look like a cool DIY project. ;-) Let us know if you decide to try it and how it works out!
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