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Pinhole photography has to be one of the most beautiful forms of the art. It forces a photographer to rely on great composition, exposure timing, and creative ideas to yield a beautiful image. But fair warning: you won’t be doing any pixel peeping or anything else technical aside from figuring out your exposure in the first place.

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All images and video by Brandon Griffiths. Used with permission.

When you hear the word pinhole, you often immediately think of long exposures and vast scenes involving the use of a tripod and most commonly with black and white film. But Brandon Griffiths recently completed a project that will change your mind about that. This is what he calls his ” Pinhole Bullet Time Project.”

And it’s just as insane as it sounds.

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All photos taken by and used with permission from Benjamin Postlewait.

As we are gearing up for the upcoming World Pinhole Photography Day on April 27, we here at the Phoblographer want to share some of the most beautiful pinhole photographs we could find to serve as inspirations for when you decide to dust off your pinhole camera and take it for a ride.

Today, we are featuring the amazing work of Oregon-based pinhole photographer Benjamin Postlewait, who also happens to be one of my favorite pinhole photographers. You probably know him on Flickr as BennyPost (if you don’t, go follow him quick!) He’s been a photographer for years but he only started dabbling with pinhole photography in 2012, a fact that makes his stunning images even more impressive, when he purchased his very own Zero Image 2000 pinhole film camera. From then on, pinhole has been his personal go-to photography medium.

Why he got hooked, Postlewait himself explains to the Phoblographer:

“Pinhole photography means slowing down.  It means achieving a personal peace when there’s nothing left to do but lose myself in the horizon and the changing tide of a coastal scene as I wait for the camera to finish an eight-minute exposure at dusk. It means maybe making only two or three frames of film count for an entire day. It’s beautifully primitive and simplistically pure.  I feel unbridled.  I no longer fret about battery life or memory cards or spend a minute debating what lens to use next.  It’s just a little wooden box, unfiltered, absorbing the world. And I’m by its side doing the same.”

The purity and primitiveness Postlewait discovered in pinhole are reflected in his photographs. They are images of glorious simplicity and tranquility. And yet, as pure as they are, they are also aesthetically vivid and inviting, making you want to get out there before the break of dawn and experience all of nature’s wonders that only the luckiest and most persistent get to see.

Check out some of Postlewait’s best work after the jump.

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All images by Alan Thoburn. Used with permission.

Pinhole photographers can often create some beautiful and mysterious scenes that leave us only wanting more. When we stumbled upon Alan Thoburn’s pinhole images, we felt that exact same way. Alan doesn’t shoot very much pinhole work, but he totally should! He is otherwise a documentary and fine art photographer.

Alan shot the photos with a modified Holga pinhole camera. He states, “I always used a tripod and an exposure calculator (I think it came with the camera, and was based on the size of the pin hole) Basically, it allowed you to take a conventional lightmeter reading, and adjust it using a special chart.” says Thoburn. “I’ve always been strict about technique, and wanted my exposures to be correct, sad I know! I used a slow black & white film, either Ilford Pan F or Ilford FP4, processed at home.”

Alan did this project because he was going through an exploratory phase and trying out alternative analog photography methods. He loved to use a Lomo LCA, Holga Toy Camera, a Diana Toy Camera and the pinhole. When it came to pinhole work, it all about finding landscapes that were minimal. Alan feels that his choice of black and white film, because I wanted to create a fairly ‘timeless’ effect and enhance the atmosphere of the subject.

More of the photos are after the jump.

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This post by Jana Uyeda originally appeared on Jana-Obscura.com on March 17, 2014, and is being syndicated at The Phoblographer with the author’s permission.

My friends in the art world often use the expression, “Restrictions breed creativity,” a phrase which certainly applies to the imaginative and often inventive world of pinhole photography. While the basic concept of pinhole remains the same – a light-tight box with a tiny aperture – it’s how you manipulate light to capture an image that really empowers your creativity. From DIY projects to local craftsmen to 3D printed cameras, interest in pinhole cameras is on the rise. If you have never experimented with pinhole photography or left your Holga 120WPC on the bottom shelf for too long, it’s time get shooting again. Here are five reasons why this is the best time to be shooting pinhole.

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Many books and tutorials suggest that pinhole photography is the first thing to try when you seriously begin to show interest in photography. It’s hard not to agree. Pinhole photography is one of the first and most basic forms of photography. Understanding it is a key to perfecting many advanced photography techniques. But the most important thing you can learn from it is how to become patient and not to give up. But this knowledge is sometimes insanely expensive to achieve. Developing (and buying) film is not cheap, and taking only a few properly exposed pinhole images can take two or three film rolls. Painful – especially for your wallet.

Editor’s Note: this is a guest blog post from Maciej Kalkosinski

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