Self-portrait taken by home made pinhole camera, long exposure time allowed me to handle the camera and be the object of pinholing at the same time.
Prague, Czech Republic
Web Site: http://www.flickr.com/photos/25105222@N02
I met my fate in the form of pinholing by pure chance when I walked into an interesting website www.pinhole.cz in 2004. So I am grateful to the author of that impressive web for the initial impulse. I was fascinated from the first moment by the magic of the whole process and the amazing results of this technique. I read through hundreds and hundreds of pages looking for more information. I have to mention one of the most comprehensive: Pinhole Photography - History, Images, Cameras, Formulas by Jon Grepstad.
My cameras are very simple, I started with a coffee tin box and a black tape shutter, experimented with a 35mm camera converted into a pinhole, made several large format boxes as well as matchbox pinhole cameras, but finally I like my tin boxes best. My preferable format of negatives is 10 x 15 cm, initially I used BW paper; recently I have discovered medical Xray film. I develop my negatives myself in a darkroom; the picture slowly appearing is such a magical moment that nobody should miss it. Then I scan the negative and all the positive process is done on a PC, I print the final picture either with an ink printer or in a local laboratory as any other digital picture.
I try to take my cameras with me wherever I go, as I have found that chances do not come a second time. My set of four boxes, a little red tail-light and a black envelope with the films fit into my bag that I take with me when traveling. My job takes me to different places and the best souvenir from each is pinhole photograph. I carry the digital compact with me to take pictures, but also the pinhole cameras to take photographs.
I have found pinholing an extremely rewarding hobby that has taught me to look at the world in a special way, looking through a small pinhole. Certainly I have to think of an object in a different way when my box contains just one piece of film instead of endless rolls or a seemingly unlimited memory. I cannot stop wondering what can be achieved by such simple means.
by Stanislav Sedlak
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