Boško Martinović Photography

Matchbox Pinhole

Making of a matchbox pinhole camera

In 2011, I stumbled upon this website http://www.matchboxpinhole.com/ and was instantly bought – I just HAD to do try this stuff! Instructions were rather simple, and I felt up to the task.

So, everything was ready to start, as I gathered all of the stuff required. You can see the early stages and almost finished pinhole camera.

pinholeIMG_7721_tnIMG_7723_tn
IMG_7725_tnIMG_7724_tnIMG_7730_tn

 

The only thing I replaced during the work was the can opener, as I found a better replacement (an opener from a beer cap). I don’t know about your matchboxes, but the ones I had could not be cut perfeclty clean. There were small tears and particles everywhere, which in fact produced an interesting result. The most important thing was the black tape! It keeps the light out (most of it), it makes the setup rigid. If you cut it nicely when you finish, you can reuse the camera several more times (until it falls appart, of course).

This is how it looked in the end:

Matchibox pinhole

Thanks http://www.matchboxpinhole.com/  for this interesting project!

 

And what about the photos? Did I succeed? You’ll be the judge of that, but as far as I’m concerned, the achieved results exceed the expected ones (failure). Check them out below.

Details: The photos in this serieswere all taken using a hand made matchbox pinhole camera I made in September 2011 (see it in another album). Exposures range from 1 second to 20 minutes. Film used was the common Fuji ISO 200 film. The edges of photos were produced by unevenly scalpel-cut matchbox cardboard. The first photo studio scanned the film automatically, which cut off  parts of photos and skipped a few. The second photo studio did the positioning manually so I have everything. Anyway, I am happy to have some results from project, this challenge of mine. I hope you like them and try it out yourself. Anything is possible. Thanks to http://matchboxpinhole.com

#1    Students’ Park

000006

#2  Students’ Park

000008

#3    Students’ Park

000009

#4 Students’ Park gate and Philological Faculty in the background…

000011

#5 Students’ Park gate and Philological Faculty in the background…

000012

#6 Students’ Park

000014

#7    Republic Square, National Museum and Prince Mihailo monument

000020

#8    Greenery

000023

#9    Greenery

000024

#10    Greenery

000026

#11    Mess in the kitchen

000027

#12    These two photos overlapping were cut when scanned, so I reconnected them, regardless of the error.

000029

#13    My love Milica

000032

#14    I want to ride my bicycle

000033

#15    A test shot of the Church of St. Petka, as seen from Milica’s stroller. You can see my finger tips as well :D 000036

#16    George the cat

000037

#17    George

000038

#18    George the cat moving his head000040

#19    Walker

000042

#20    From my balcony

000043

#21    Room

000045

#22    Zeleni Venac bus station, and a glimpse of the market

000003

#23    Night shot from my kitchen window. Exposure approximately 20 minutes.

000002

#24    A bit distorted perspective of my living room corner. The face on the wall is usually beautiful.000001