I started with a box and finished with an image.
Pinhole cameras can be as sophisticated as an expensive DSLR where the lens has been replaced with a lenscap that has a tiny hole in it or as simple as a matchbox that’s been made light-tight.
I typically use something like a shoe box that has been painted black inside and fitted with a tiny “lens”. The lens is just a hole in a very thin metal plate made with a pin.
I use a DIY developer that is made from ingredients I found in my local supermarket. The image is developed in my DIY darkroom and finally scanned into Photoshop where I reverse the negative image and adjust for exposure.
I sat on the tree that had fallen in the woods and pointed the camera towards the roots. Exposure 2 minutes.
Pinhole images are almost always a bit of a surprise. I’m not sure what that dark cloudy blob is, maybe a leaf sticking up out of the ground too close to the lens hole or….. maybe some kind of ghost!
I don’t actually remember how I placed the camera for this exposure but it appears to have captured a little of the setting sun.
A path leads down through the trees to the reservoir. Shoe box pinhole camera, paper exposed 2 minutes, 30 seconds.
Coffee can pinhole camera set at base of a fallen tree. Exposed for 2 minutes 30 seconds.
A log covered with a white fungus creates a nice texture. Coffee can pinhole camera with paper exposed 2 minutes 40 seconds.