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5 Frames with a Pinhole Works Driftwood Camera – by Amy Davis

October 1, 2018

I have been shooting pinhole photography for a little over a year now. At first, I tried to make my own pinhole camera, but I quickly realized that I was terrible at it. I’d much rather spend my time making pinhole exposures then redoing my pinhole camera failures. I started researching various models when I came upon Sergey Lebedev and his Pinhole Works cameras.

Well, they are technically cameras, but truly they are brilliant works of art. Each pinhole camera is unique. Lebedev uses driftwood he finds washed up along the Baltic coastline. They use 120 film and come in 6×6, 6×9, and even 6×12 formats. The pinhole camera I use is a 6×6 format made of driftwood and sea glass. It produces a sharp image for a pinhole camera which makes it fun to use, especially for indoor exposures.

When shooting with Lebedev’s camera, I’m always on the lookout for the potential for motion. How can I use motion within my composition to tell the best story possible? Since a pinhole camera has no viewfinder to help with framing your exposure, it can be guesswork at times. However, just like any other camera out there, the more you work with pinhole, the more the camera just becomes an extension of the photographer.

Pinhole has allowed me to embrace the imperfections in an image and I’ve felt free in just experimenting with the camera while trying to tell a story. An introvert by nature, Sergey’s camera has also given me the opportunity to connect with people I wouldn’t normally have talked to because everyone has questions when they see what I’m photographing with. It has been a great way to spread a little love for pinhole photography.

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  • Reply
    Dale Willetts
    October 1, 2018 at 6:05 pm

    Great shots, and a beautiful camera too. I love pinhole and I have looked at Sergey’s cameras but I’d be too afraid of damaging a work of art to ever use it.

    • Reply
      Amy Davis
      October 1, 2018 at 6:35 pm

      Go for it! You won’t be disappointed. They are my primary cameras.

  • Reply
    October 5, 2018 at 3:23 pm

    Great article Amy, I need to get out with my Pinhole again…

    • Reply
      Amy Davis
      October 5, 2018 at 3:49 pm

      Thank you! And yes….get out there with that pinhole!

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