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The Line - Pinhole View

There was no meter - I had to guess. There was no viewfinder - point and shoot. There was no frame counter, mechanical or electrical shutter, or pressure plate - It was all on me.


I shot about 6 pictures that day, ranging in exposure from 15 minutes to 1 hour (this particular exposure was 15 minutes) in the dimly-lit room. The less-than-camouflaged camera garned no attention nor respect from my cowerkers aside from the "this won't take MY picture" question. I assured them that they would be excluded unless they were to remain completely still for at least 5 minutes.


I took the film home and developed it. I was excited. IT WORKED! I didn't let on that it worked so well because I feared for my job, as picture taking was explicitly disallowed. I tried to avoid taking pictures of secretive things or names, so this is what I'm left with. I have a new job now, so I feel like I can post these without too much worry. I'll still keep anything that looks sensitive or has printed names secret, but I have a camera made from garbage that I have proved can take pictures.


I am tired of hearing that film is "too expensive to shoot." My camera has a total cost of about $5 (for the dowels and the bolts) and the price of expired film. I'd like to see anyone do this with a digital sensor. ANYONE.


For anyone who missed it, the camera that I used to take this photo and the rest of the story can be found here.


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Taken on November 27, 2010