04 November 2008

Slow Light

Justin Quinnell is an amazing person, and his passion for the pinhole camera is one expression of it. (Others include the sex life of the aphid ... but that was in another country, and besides...)

He has always been willing to spend hours babysitting his hand crafted cameras to get (for example) a panorama of Bath's Royal Crescent using a batch of drinks cans. His latest project goes beyond even that, with six month exposures. The apparently insurmountable problem of overexposure is solved by working directly from the latent image – which, as anyone who has played with emulsions knows, becomes briefly visible after sufficient time.

Some of these images are available, with notes on their production, as a New Scientist gallery.

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