Pinhole photography….the ultimate experiment.
The first time I tried making a pinhole camera was a flop. I made it out of a cereal box and while I followed the instructions of the book I had, I’m not entirely convinced the camera was light-tight. Probably an error in my construction of the camera, since the instructions in the book seemed pretty sound. I also didn’t really think as much about the composition of the photos and consequently hated every single one that did come out. I put pinhole photography out of my mind, figuring I’d try it again someday.
Then I received a Christmas present–a really interesting and informative book on pinhole photography and a kit for making a pinhole camera. Thanks Meghan! Everything I needed was there: black tape; thick, light-tight cardboard; and pre-measured pieces ready to be cut and assembled.
Commence round 2 of pinhole photography.
It took probably 4 or 5 months to get through the roll of film (a college student’s life is very busy!), I got numerous questions from friends about how it worked (but there’s no button!), and one person commented that it was “cute” that I had made myself a little toy camera (I had to explain it was a real one)…but I would say round 2 was a success! I ended up with 2 photos I really love and I had a great time building a camera, taking the pictures, and explaining my passion to those willing to listen.
Just two photos for all that work and all that failure…but that’s why I love film photography. You put so much more effort into it and you get so much more in return. It helps you truly appreciate a good photo when you get one.