The Pinhole Project: Some Standouts

First let me say that there are no bad pinhole images. Of all the pinholes in the archive, there is not one single bad one. People fret about where to place the camera but ultimately it does not matter.  Each image is a wild ride with light and shape and time. These  exposures record long periods of time, the path of the sun, subtle comings and goings of the populace in the landscape and of course the light.  The long simple slowness of the whole process records memory more than moment. Each are photographs filled with so many moment  they become the antithesis the single decisive moment.  And yet they remain simple little landscapes, lightly or brightly colored, aglow on a screen where they have landed after simple beginnings in an a simple metal tin.  The miracle of pinhole photography!

As I look at the archive, I am struck by the the light again and again.  In the past year, pinhole project photographers  have experimented and become adept at using all types of  cameras.  They have built two hole and four hole cameras, round cameras, round panoramic cameras.  Several people  have done 10 plus images.  I thank all you pinholists who come back again and again.  I promise you we will have a way to search for your image in the archive soon.    Given that,  I ask you dear reader to go to the archive and let me know which ones  are  your favorites.  I will do another blog later in the fall with viewers favorites if we get enough response.    Enjoy these standouts below.  Some  are mistakes, all experiments, most at least three week exposures a few much longer.

Credited with photographer’s name;  featured image is by Maggie Holberg.

Carina Laukaitis, a four-hole pinhole camera


Ryan Cox, a two-hole pinhole camera


Aerin Amore:  Looking up into the Tree


Greg Staley:  Back yard entrance.


Eric Reidel:  3 month exposure


Chase Lehotsky:  from the  porch

Chiara Carcano151

Chiara Carcano:  ultra-wide angle two-hole pinhole camera