“Image saving error”

No pixels, no SD cards, no batteries, no auto-focus lenses, no manual focus lenses. No lenses and no focusing at all.

The camera: a cardboard box. The “lens”: a 0.16mm pinhole on the front of the box. The shutter: a removable piece of cardboard covering the pinhole. And off you go: pinhole photography, where each exposure needs seconds in bright light, minutes in low light. A pain in the ass, you may say.

The truth is there is little as rewarding as creating a photo literally from scratch, from building your camera, to judging your exposure times, to developing your film.

In pinhole photography, it’s just the technique’s weaknesses and even your mistakes that result in rewarding and fascinating images. This is a double exposure I got at the end of the last roll: film couldn’t advance enough for a regular new exposure and the very last one partly overlapped the previous. An image saving error, if you will.

2 Comments on ““Image saving error”

  1. i made a pinhole box for my kid.
    it was a school project.
    i used a fairly flat box, getting a super wide angle effect.
    Using photo paper, we could see the negative develop and later after drying in micro wave, few seconds make a positive. Simple JOY.

    • Nice. Indeed it’s a joy to create images this way. My pinhole has a 20mm equivalent field of view, lots of possibilities. Now I want to make and add to it a simple 20mm equiv. viewfinder of cardboard to facilitate composition.

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