The Art of Pinhole Photography
Hope you all had a wonderful weekend. As most of you have already received your Pinhole Pro and Pinhole Pro S by now (and if you haven't, please read the shipping status at the bottom of this update), we wanted to reshare an update we posted in our last campaign about pinhole photography.
We want to quote one of the backers of our last project who is a professional Hollywood cinematographer: 'It (Pinhole Pro) is a crazy unique look and different from shooting anything else.'
‘Forget everything that you think you know.’
This is a very wise quote from the movie 'Doctor Strange'. And that's how you should start your journey with pinhole photography if you have never really done serious shooting with a pinhole camera before.
First, there's no lens distortion in pinhole photography (as there's no lens), wide angle images remain absolutely rectilinear. Exposure times are usually long, resulting in motion blur around moving objects and the absence of objects that moved too fast.
We have summed up a few basic interesting points which may challenge your understanding of photography as a form of art altogether.
1) Unfocused: The Artistic Heritage of the Linked Ring
Although Thingyfy Pinhole Pro and Pinhole Pro S come with very high precision pinholes (as small as 0.1mm), the smallest aperture you can currently find on the market, which will provide sharper images in general, you might still be surprised by pinhole photography's natural soft, hazy look initially.
If you were to compare standard photography VS pinhole photography, it's a bit like using a modern printer VS using a paint brush - the result is more abstract, broad strokes and raw.
One of the most famous art photography movements in history that established many art lineages of pinhole photography is the Linked Ring movement (also known as "The Brotherhood of the Linked Ring") in 19th Century Europe.
Back then, photography was interpreted in two ways; art photography and science photography. The science of photography requires practice that determines the outcome of the image, whereas the art aspect of photography concerns itself with the aesthetic experience and success of the photograph to the viewer. These differences created a tension in the craft that the Linked Ring sought to change.
It took more than 8 hours for George Davison (one of founding members of the Linked Ring) to photograph this picture back in late 1800s. Davison’s work was influenced by Peter Henry Emerson’s ideas of selective focus in photography which emulated the eye’s vision of nature. Davison adapted these theories to espouse an impressionist aesthetic. He believed photography to be in a unique position to evoke nature through direct experience which, when distilled by an artistic sensibility and handling of the medium, could provide an enhanced impression of nature by portraying its essence. (Art Gallery NSW)
2) Camera Obscura: Devils in Perspective
When world's first pinhole photography device (Camera Obscura) was invented in 1604, many believed the device has magic power of capturing human souls and devils.
A camera obscura device without a lens but with a very small hole is sometimes referred to as a "pinhole camera", although this more often refers to simple (home-made) lens-less cameras in which photographic film or photographic paper is used.
For a very long period of time in history, pinhole photography was regarded as a sacred mythical form of art that has far more significance than just producing an image.
3) The Renaissance of Pinhole Photography
In the early 20th century, the development of high speed films and mass production of glass lens almost made pinhole photography obsolete. Photographers turned to the endless pursuit of sharpness, resolution and speed. That trend still dominates today.
In 1960s, many art photographers started to realize that high resolution and high specs are just innovations in technology, however they can not solve the philosophical questions of photography itself. Pinhole photography was yet again 'rediscovered' to provide a more personal, original, unfiltered and natural 'point of view', since it's the closest to what a human eye can see.
At the same time, pinhole photography has provided a deeper level of philosophical significance.
Here are some photos taken by our backers with the Pinhole Pro and Pinhole Pro S we have selected from our Facebook group:
For more great work, please join our Facebook group: https://web.facebook.com/groups/147738209143908/
Creating a Movement, Not Just a Lens
At Thingyfy, we want to be part of a modern movement to revive pinhole photography in the digital age. Every one of you have been great supporters and advocates of this original and powerful form of photographic art.
We have been secretly working on some new and exciting projects in the category, including world's first adjustable focal length pinhole lens. (Do let us know in the comments if you'd be interested).
We are also collecting stories from many artists around the world who love pinhole photography and cinematography. Here are a few great videos our backers made with the Pinhole Pro and Pinhole Pro S:
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Also feel free to check out the official Pinhole Pro S page: http://thingyfy.com/pps
You can also download the e-Brochure of Pinhole Pro and Pinhole Pro S.
Last but no least, we want to provide some quick updates on the remaining shipments.
Originally we have planned to have everything shipped by the end of April. That goal has somewhat been met, with some slight delays due to the processing time of our couriers. As of today, we have already shipped out 95% of all rewards. We are still working on the remaining 5%, as well as the reshipments of PPS18E and PPS40EF. We expect to have everything shipped in a week. Stay tuned.
We want to thank you all again for your continous support and patience. Without you, we couldn't have made it this far.
So, thank YOU!
P.S., our team at Thingyfy is launching an exciting new product tomorrow! (Tuesday May 1st) - Make sure you mark it on your calendar!
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From: Thingyfy Team
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