My Lensless Journey
To quote one of Issac Newton's Laws: 'Every action has an equal and opposite reaction'. Having spent many years using a digital camera, both professionally and for pleasure, I felt something was lacking in my total enjoyment of photography. I think it was because I could, consistently, produce incredibly sharp and precise images that perhaps thrust me back in the opposite direction.
How does one go about trying to explain the appeal of pinhole photography? Well, it’s a technique that relies more on instinct and creative vision than technology. One of the unique features is the incredible depth of field - everything in front of the camera is equally in focus. I have taken images using black & white, colour negative and positive film ¬- the variety of images which can be produced is enormous. They all have one thing in common though, a beautifully soft ethereal look and, at the same time, can be dark and foreboding. Due to the long exposures the passage of time is also evident, turning water into mist and clouds into a glorious blur.
N.B. Hope to be creating a smaller, cheaper version soon!
Spirit of Light Published May 15, 2011