Pinhole Photography

A pinhole camera is a simple camera without a lens and with a single small aperture, a pinhole – effectively a light-proof box with a small hole in one side. Light from a scene passes through this single point and projects an inverted image on the opposite side of the box onto a piece of photo paper or negative film.

My cameras are all self made round cans (cookie, coffee, tea cans) – so the paper or the film lies concave in the camera and pictures the landscape pretty wide-angled!

Due to the mostly several seconds or even minutes long exposure gentle movements (leaves, waves, moving people, cars) are blurred.

I mostly work with negative sheet film (FOMA or ROLLEI) which I develope in a mixture of instant coffee, vitamin c powder and washing soda – it is called “Caffenol” – an ecological developer which can be flushed down the toilet after use without harming the environment. The quality is comparable to a regular and toxic developer.

I am fascinated capturing a little more than just an image, I also capture time!