Visual Communication

Fall 2020

Pinhole camera as a creative challenge

Working in the creative field it can be a great relief to let go of all control. To refrain from trying to pursue the perfect result and instead let yourself rule by coincidence. You are very much forced to do so when your tool is a pinhole camera. The pinhole camera is a light-tight box with a tiny hole instead of a lens. You put old-fashioned photosensitive photographic paper in the camera, set it up so that the cropping of the scene you hope to capture is hopefully reasonably good. Then you let the paper be exposed for one, two, three – maybe even a full 30 minutes – and hope for the best.