I’ve been shooting pinhole film photography for a while now, and, though I never expected it, it’s slowly becoming my primary form of photography. I’ve always enjoyed the slow process of film, and, if we’re talking slowing down, then pinhole photography is taking this to the extreme. It’s the absolute antithesis of point-and-shoot…
One of the primary lures of film photography over digital is the scope for experimentation. The physical, chemical nature of the film process means you don’t really need any kind of technical skill or special equipment to modify, dismantle, and rearrange camera parts to make your own unique image-making Frankenstein’s monster.
Ever since starting up with film photography, I’ve explored the experimental aspects of the hobby: film soup, double exposures, home-made cameras, intentional light leaks… It was this desire to experiment that led me to using prisms in photography.
Japan has been top of my and my wife Sarah’s ‘must visit’ list for as long as we’ve known each other, and in November we finally managed to make it out there. It was a close call, as I had to have spine surgery a couple of months after booking the holiday, and we had to race to get me booked in with enough time to recover before we left! Luckily, I was in good enough shape to travel long haul, and the 13 hour flight didn’t cause my legs to drop off.