Pinhole Days - Call for entries
You are invited to share your pinhole captures on 591 Photography as we intend to celebrate Pinhole Days. Send your pictures to email@example.com. Please send images not larger than 700x700 pixels. You may send up to 5 pictures.
Deadline is Oct 10 and we plan to start publishing your pinhole photos in mid October. Your host of this event is Jan Bernhardtz, a great Swedish photographer who has contributed a lot to 591 Photography.
Photos © Jan Bernhardtz
Pinhole photography is lensless photography. A tiny hole replaces the lens. Light passes through the hole and an image is formed in the camera. Originally there was the Camera Obscura. An image was captured through a hole and projected upside down on a wall.
Cameras have been made of cardboard boxes, beer cans or cookie containers. A cheap 120 folding camera can be modified to become a pinhole camera. A few commercial cameras are also available. Pinhole images are softer than pictures made with a lens and small details vanish. They have nearly infinite depth of field. Wide angle images remain rectilinear. Exposures are long, ranging from a quarter of a second to several hours. Images are exposed either on film or paper or captured by a digital camera.
Pinhole photography is the opposite to the sharp and well exposed images we often see in photo galleries and magazines. It's a slow and meditative way to photograph and very anti-snapshot.
- Jan Bernhardtz