The Wabi-Sabi in analog photography

• Workshop March 25, 2017  •  Max-Brauer-Gesamtschule / school Hamburg, art teachers special


Camera Obscura – Pinhole Cameras – construction, photography, developing!


A pinhole camera: the original form of photography, a light-proof box, a hole, and a piece of photographic paper or film. Each pinhole camera has its own aperture value, which is dependent on two variables: the diameter of the can and the diameter of the hole. The aperture determines the exposure time, which in turn depends on the photo or film material and the weather outside.

It's easy to tinker your own personal pinhole camera, you just need a light-tight box (tea, coffee, spice cans, peppermint, cookie, film boxes …), a hole and some photo paper or film. A little knowledge about light, apertures and time and then: go! Outside! Shoot anything … sky, tree, house, street, selfie … and then we'll develop them all in eco soup made from coffee, vitamin c and washing soda.

Let the magic happen ;-)

The workshop is over, the photos are scanned (we used mainly photopaper, developed negatively, scanned and digitally inverted) - and thanks to our formulas and the exposure app almost all have become wonderful! Selfies in the schoolyard - exposure times with film only a few seconds, with paper up to 15 minutes!

Thanks Dorit for the organization! And all for your enthusiastic participation!