Honiton students learn the art of pinhole photography

PUBLISHED: 07:00 08 May 2017 | UPDATED: 10:56 10 May 2017

Students  try out their pinhole cameras with expert Justin

Students try out their pinhole cameras with expert Justin


Students from Honiton Community College learnt the art of pinhole photography at a workshop in the Thelma Hulbert Gallery.

It was led by internationally renowned photographer and pinhole camera expert Justin Quinnell.

The students enjoyed learning about the mechanics of pinhole photography by looking at some of Justin’s work and by creating their own cameras out of drinks cans and light sensitive paper.

The students produced various images by experimenting with different exposures and also had a go at creating ‘Awfulogrammes’, a portrait technique invented by Justin whereby extreme close-up, wide-angle images of the face can appear grotesquely distorted.

As part of Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day on April 30, the students also made long exposure Solargraph cameras to take home and position outside for a period of time.

The hope is that during this time the light sensitive photographic paper will capture an image of the arc of the sun as it rises and falls each day over the students’ chosen landscape.

Kat Blockley, head of CreATE at HCC, said: “It was very exciting for students to create their own cameras and produce their own photographic images.

“Working with Justin to create artworks that explore the properties of light and the pinhole photography process in a practical way has given students a chance to explore scientific and artistic possibilities of photographic art.”

The workshop was funded by Honiton NADFAS (National Association of Decorative and Fine Arts Societies).

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