the last month was pretty hectic – l spent it between my day job, college, my night job and doin’ some translating for some dudes’ degree paper. l did manage to find some spare time for a little project (well actually two). firstly, l stumbled upon this: a paper model of a pinhole camera. for those of you that don’t know what that is, we’ll let wikipedia say it better – A pinhole camera is a camera without a lens. An extremely small hole takes its place, which should be in very thin material. An image’s light from a scene passes through this single point, and because there is no lens, the image will be clear at all distances from the pinhole. The smaller the hole, the sharper the image, but the more exposure will be required.
The thing with that was that it took me forever to figure out the instructions. At some point l gave up and just built a box with a shutter mechanism, without all the fancy doodads they were indicating as being crucial. Anyway, here’s how it looks:
that’s the fancy shutter mechanism
the black back houses the exposed film: one end rolls the film out of the fresh box, while the other end catches the film in a tight, light-free empty film box. it’s crucial that you insert the cardboard into the film canister to keep the film away from the light!
l got one result l really liked:
and that’s it! go make your own now!
My second experiment was with a polaroid l bought a few months back – this one’s simple: bought some film, waited forever for the delivery, loaded it into the camera and shot. l’m still keeping 10 exposures in my refridgerator for rainy days. If l was born 10 years earlier maybe this would have been great, but considering polaroid shut down its plants in february and the film price skyrocketed since then, this is a pretty expensive way to express yourself. Here’s a few shots l took with it (the film was 600 matte – it was intended for sale only in the asian market, but now it seems to be one of the few types available at a reasonable price).
the green lines are from the scanner – couldn’t get my head around to fix it