Thursday, May 05, 2005

Making Tools For Making

I like this paper pinhole camera that mimics the look of a more solid model. The instructions can be found here and include a PDF file with the pattern. Print it out, cut it out, fold and glue. It hold rolls of 35mm film. B&W and colour!

I want to find a wood worker who will build me this 4X5 film camera:

Here's a 4X5 out of foam core:

If you are interested in exploring making your own pinhole cameras, you may want the PinholeCalc - a free Mac program for figuring out things like f-stop, focal length, pinhole diameter, etc, based on film speed.

And now, my favorite:

I'm a bit of a purist and so, when I came across the website of Thomas Hudson and saw his wonderful concept, I was smitten. Hudson's pinhole cameras are made from the photo paper itself. Hudson constructs the cameras in total darkness. After he has taken his picture, he goes back into the dark and pours chemicals directly into the camera to develop it. Once developed, the camera is unfolded and becomes the image. Beautiful. Go See.


Anonymous Anonymous said...


these pinhole images are so incredible and so smart. the sort of thing i wish i had thought of! form, function and product all in the same unit. wonderful.

i also like how pinhole cameras result in a single, unique image. i was thinking the other day how polaroids use to do this as well. each photo was like a little painting, simultaneously precious and banal. i miss this.

dont' get me wrong, digital is great, but there's room for improvement.


2:43 PM  
Blogger Anne Walk said...


aren't they great? swoon.

you speak of polaroids as though they are a thing of the past. i still love my polaroid camera and get quite giddy when i find film for it.


4:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


exactly...when you find film for it...

actually, that probably makes the pictures even more special.


6:17 PM  
Blogger fluidthought said...

pinholes, polaroids... lovely stuff. have you ever heard of the holga?

it's a chinese medium format camera made of plastic and cost around $25. you can do multiple exposures without advancing/rewinding the film, which is a gas.

it's a double edged sword in that the best bit is, you have little control and never know what you'll end up with because it tends to let light in, in all the 'wrong' places', and the worst bit is exactly the same.

not for the pedants perhaps but definitely for those that like the element of surprise (or disappointment) when they get the contact sheets.

3:48 AM  
Blogger Anne Walk said...

yummy unpredictability!

thanks for the point to holgas, karen! i've been googling them ever since!

came across this great site, as well, of work by a woman who combines pinholes AND polaroids!

3:46 PM  

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