Photography, cameras, techniques. I love everything about photography. There was a time when I was really into Lomography photography. The simplicity of taking a photo via a in hole lens was liberating in that my focus was on the subject and the image result was part estimation and part magic.
As my kit grew and my cameras changed I had forgotten Lomography days. That was until I purchased my first Leica camera. Now I had to spend serious cash to buy that camera so I didn’t exactly have a lot of cash left to buy a lens. That’s when I remembered my good old pin hole photography experiences. But the problem – how can I get a pin hole lens? A quick scramble through the drawers uncovered my sturdy, black, gaff tape. So I decided to cut a piece of tape the size of the lens mount, poke a pin hole in the tape, and see what happened.
Now I wasn’t expecting a super sharp image but having spent some time walking the streets of Singapore shooting with a piece of gaff tape over my Leica, I was pleasantly surprised about the unique images I could capture!
So if you are broke after buying a Leica, looking for a bit of fun, or just feeling a bit experimental maybe give the “pin hole gaff tape lens” a go…
If you would like to see more then please follow my instagram channel https://www.instagram.com/hotshotstudio01/
Thanks for reading!
A note from Hamish:
This post is the first of a new series here on 35mmc called “That time I shot a…” I’m looking for stories from time you have shot something or somehow that is a little less than ordinary. This might be some sort of film shot in an odd way, a lens mounted on a camera it has no right to be mounted on, a camera that was broken or bodged to work in a way it wasn’t supposed to, or something else out of the ordinary. You might have discovered something wonderful, or it might have been a complete failure. As long as you have some sort of results, you can tell me what you did and why and how you did it, then please get in touch and let’s share some weird photographic experiments with the world!
Contribute to 35mmc for an Ad-free Experience
There are two ways to experience 35mmc without the adverts:
Paid Subscription - £2.99 per month and you'll never see an advert again! (Free 3-day trial).
Content contributor - become a part of the world’s biggest film and alternative photography community blog. All our Contributors have an ad-free experience for life.
Sign up here.