“I’ve always collected old cameras, and was always very much in love with my Rolleiflex which inspired the design of the original VIDERE and in turn the 35mm VIDERE.” says designer Kelly Angood about her new Kickstarter campaign. The VIDERE 35mm is a brand new TLR camera that’s already received full funding on Kickstarter. But you see, it isn’t the typical TLR camera from Rollei, Blackbird, Yashica, etc. Instead, it’s made out of cardboard and it shoots pinhole photos.
All images by Steve Gosling. Used with permission.
Photographer Steve Gosling is a true black and white artistic photographer. To him, the gear is only secondary to his creative vision. This is evident in his choice of mediums. He’s used pinhole cameras, large format, and even works with Phase One cameras and lenses. His affinity for the artistic side of photography started when he was really young. He had no interest in math, science, etc. Instead, he was captivated by photography. Luckily, that passion never died out for him.
But if you’re a lover of landscapes, you’re surely going to enjoy his photos and his thought process.
Lead photo by Kenneth Leishman. All images used with permission in our interviews.
Pinhole photography: it’s arguably one of the oldest forms of photography and the art that’s been available. These days, it’s used in digital variations but by far many of the best pinhole photographers these days shoot film. So in celebration of the upcoming World Pinhole Day this year, we’ve rounded up a number of our favorite pinhole photographers we’ve interviewed.
I first got into photography with a Kodak Instamatic 126 when I was about 5 or 6 years old. I absolutely loved it, it was magical to me at that age. I actually recently bought the same camera off eBay to run some 35mm film through it. After a few years I graduated onto a Voigtlander Vitoret D and my dad found at a car boot sale. It was cheap because the shutter was jammed, but dad fixed it for me. I ‘helped’ with the repair (watched and tried not to get in the way, I must have been about 7 or 8 at the time). The shutter mechanism absolutely fascinated me. I remember dad explaining aperture and shutter speed to me, because the camera was unmetered. It took a little while to get used to it, but got there in the end. Anyway I had several other cameras, but I always remember these two. The Instamatic introduced me to photography and the Voigtlander taught me the importance of exposure.
Every time a new Instax camera gets announced it’s a genuinely great reason to get excited: and a new Kickstarter called the Jollylook wants to inspire to many others. The Jollylook is a foldout camera made from recycled paper and cardboard with some glass elements for the lenses and the shutter and aperture are made of thick paper and laminated cardboard.
Quirky, but indeed kind of cool too!
Screenshot taken from video.
Pinhole photography is perhaps the most basic yet creative genre to explore on the cheap, while being super enjoyable at the same time. We found this tutorial video by Brightside on how to construct a working pinhole camera using a matchbox as the camera body.
For this simple project, you will need a standard matchbox which has just the right size to house a 35mm standard film, a fresh roll of 35mm film, an empty roll of 35mm film, thin cardboard (the box of the new film can be used), black PVC electrical tape, a silver tape, scissors, a sharp craft knife, a needle or a pin, and a black marker pen.
Screenshot taken from video.
In the world of rampant pixel-peepers and gear measurebators, f/D aims to strip right to the basics by drawing inspiration from pinhole photography. f/D has just launched their Kickstarter campaign to produce f/D Book of Pinhole, showcasing the work of 99 photographers from all around the world.
Last year, Lumu launched a Kickstarter for a brand new Light meter for the iPhone that would be able to meter color, ambient light, and flash output. For anyone that uses a light meter of any sort, this sounds wonderful (sans being able to trigger a monolight via the meter). At Photokina 2016, I finally got the chance to see their unicorn product: the Lumu Power. The company claims that it will be delivered this November, and that they’ve had a number of holdups along the way. Sure, they’re late on delivering their Kickstarter promises, but they’re now ready to get it out to the public.