Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Teapot Pinhole Photos

So, I happened to take a regular teapot, fix it up a bit, and turn it into a camera!  A pinhole camera in fact.  These are some of my images taken with my teapot pinhole camera.  Just like Penelope exclaimed in The Brothers Bloom, "You can turn anything into a pinhole camera!"

As you see, the image on the left is actually the paper negative that I had exposed in the teapot.  After processing that paper negative in the darkroom, I scanned it in from a flatbed scanner.  I then took the image into Photoshop, flipped it horizontally, and inverted it.  The image on the right is the end result, otherwise known as the positive.

I like that the images are "egg" shaped, which is caused by the light distortion coming down into the spout.  The sharp detail is soft enough to look more like a photo-realistic drawing.  And since my spout was pointing up, I had a completely different vantage point to photograph.

I'm hoping to create a tutorial on how to make your own pinhole camera soon.  It's fun, easy, and the results are always interesting.


  1. thanks. this give me some ideas. i am working with sun-paper. it requires no negatives but is tempermental.