Archive for the ‘Pinhole’ Category

Verksmiðjan in Hjalteyri/Iceland

október 31, 2009

I did this project last April for a exhibition in old herring factory in August. The factory is located in a beautiful small village on the north cost of Iceland and has been changed into a gallery. I wanted to put it back in use and produce images that would illustrate the factory’s experience of waiting for the herring. To do that I built a big pinhole camera 160cm x 160cm and 200cm high with help from the artists Kjartan Sigtryggson and my mum. It was built to fit into the main door frames. That way I didn’t choose the framing, the building did, in a sense. Then I moved the camera into position and exposed for 3-4 min. The negatives are 100cm x 120cm and there for quite problematic to develop. I build trays that were 130cm long, 25cm wide and 25cm deep and my father helped me bathe them in the chemicals. That’s the reason why the dark bits are all leaking towards the center. I kept them negative ’cause I liked the idea of light where it’s dark, it fits to the idea of bringing life into a dead space or if you prefer; use into a unused space. The whole process was in the factory, thats very important part of the process. The original prints were presented behind plastic glass straight on the factory wall. Here are some photos:


júní 12, 2009

Here are some of the photos that i took with my orange. Read more about fruitography here


maí 9, 2009

‘A pinhole camera is a very simple camera with no lens and a single very small aperture. Simply explained, it is a light-proof box with a small hole in one side. Light from a scene passes through this single point and projects an inverted image on the opposite side of the box.’ ( So basically you only need a box with a tiny hole (0.2 – 1 mm) on it and a light sensitive paper or film to capture the image. Few days ago I made an orange, a pineapple and a melon into a pinhole cameras. I emptied them leaving just the skin and then placing a copper plate with a small pinhole (0.55 mm) on the opening. I stared with the orange. I put small piece of B/W RC paper inside and exposed it for one minute. I call it ‘Fruitography’. The reason I chose to use fruits is that I like to use ready-made shapes and spaces when I’m working with pinhole. Then I’m change things into cameras rather than making one from scratch, and most importantly; keeping the shape. Here is my first try:


mars 31, 2009

I made this one when i was visiting my friend who lives in Hawkshead, a small village in the Lake District. This is his home and his friend outside smoking. Exposure time was 47sec, pinhole 0.55 mm, Image size: 9cm x 9cm.


Pinhole experiments II – the inverted luminance

mars 19, 2009

Anita in Hide Park


Peter, drawing in the park


In Hide Park the other day


The view from my kitchen window


These images are taken with a pinhole camera I made with a polaroid frame inside so the images are the same size and format as a polaroid. They are presented in polaroid frames as negatives.

Pinhole experiments

mars 12, 2009

I got a sudden interest in pinhole cameras three weeks ago and started to do some research on the subject and experiments. There was something that I liked about the process but couldn’t quit understand what it was. There wasn’t until I heard Martin Newth talk about his work that everything fell into place. He talked about feeling that you are working with light. Photography is sometimes referred to as the ‘the art of light’ or the process to draw with light, but with modern, high quality film or digital cameras you don’t feel the light in the same way as with pinhole cameras. Intervention is another thing that interest me in photography, to be more precise, the intervention of technology in a situation, by using a good camera in order to improve the outcome, the image. The pinhole process is simple, it does not demand any complicated devises or most importantly no lens. Hence, it’s easy to change everyday objects into cameras without altering the shape so it becomes something else. A beer can still looks like a beer can after you change it into a pinhole camera. You can alter objects or space (like your bedroom) with minimum intervention.

I changed my room into a camera with black paper covering the window, well it was not a perfect process as you can see the line of light coming from the door, but the prints were interesting. I used my bathroom as a darkroom. The prints were small tests that I have not scanned in yet. The two images of my room are the pinhole, these are long exposure (10 sec) and you can see the windows and the bricks of the building outside projected on my room.

In my research I found out that you can use a spectacle lens to increase the amount of light and make the image brighter. The thing is that with a normal pinhole camera you have no focus, everything is in/out of focus. But when you use a spectacle lens you have a fixed focal length(the distance from the glass and the paper). I had to try this so I went to the pound shop and bought some reading glasses(+2.0), with calculations  i found out that +2.0 has the focal length of 50 cm (If I would place the paper 1 m away the image would not be in focus). Now i made the hole bigger(≈ 4 cm) and placed my newly bought lens over the hole. It was a success, the image was really sharp, bright and beautiful. I did no prints only this A2 paper to be projected on, that was enough for me. So here you have it all: