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What is The 120 Pinhole Project?
I've come to Kickstarter to help me raise the funds I need to turn my medium format pinhole camera into a do-it-yourself, flat pack kit.
This project started because I’d always wanted a proper medium format camera, but I knew I’d never be able to afford one. So I dealt with it the only way I knew how- I made one!
My camera works without a lens, instead using a simple pinhole to take photographs onto medium format film. The original design was screen printed onto recycled card and meticulously cut out by hand and constructed. The original is a one off, but I have translated my design into a beautiful and hardwearing do-it-yourself kit so that everyone can make their own camera and learn about pinhole photography in style.
The kit will be printed and die-cut onto thick recycled card and supplied with easy to follow instructions and a spare medium format spool. I also plan to produce a short instructional video, which will be viewable online alongside a virtual gallery space where pinhole photographs that have been taken with the camera can be submitted.
The delivery of the camera is November, so it will be ready just in time for Christmas!
Pssst - I’m keeping a diary for this project at kickstarterpinholediary.tumblr.com so you can keep up with the progress of the campaign as well as look back over my past two years of work.
How will your money help the project?
I have the design, I have the quotes from the suppliers and the experience to launch the kit into production, however I don’t have the personal funds to kickstart the process.
Your support will ensure that the process goes ahead and that anyone that wants a pinhole kit can have one. If the funding campaign is successful I will be able to place orders for materials and get dies made which I would be unable to do without the support of the Kickstarter community.
This is a project, and not a business. I will not be selling these cameras after the project. It's purely a sharing mechanism. Any cameras made over the allocated amount will be used for free educational workshops for kids in London, and possibly beyond.
The camera will be entirely made in England, using recycled materials wherever possible.
Risks and challenges
Over the past couple of years I have furthered my skills as an artist and designer by developing a medium format camera kit for a company in Japan (to be released mid-2013), developing my original camera into a 35mm version with great success and creating a double exposure pinhole camera from an exhibition at KK Outlet, London. These experiences have allowed me to develop my design skills and have resulted in strong working relationships with suppliers. All my proposed suppliers know about the project and alongside their skills, their excitement in the project makes me confident in my ability to fulfill my promises.
I'm aware that I am likely to face unexpected challenges during this project. Fortunately, I am able to rely upon a fantastic support network of skilled designers, artists and marketing and business professionals for help, if and when I need it. With one foot in the design world, and another in advertising I believe that I have most bases covered whatever challenges this project might throw up.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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