The Tranquil Yet Vivid Pinhole Photographs of Benjamin Postlewait


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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