Feature #25 Neill Cockwill “The pinhole camera is the simplicity”

Neill Cockwill is a University lecturer and “experimenting” photographer from the UK, His attraction of the pinhole camera is the simplicity, yet infinite variation that this area of photography offers.  Cameras can be built from empty boxes or tins and each has it’s own personal photographic aesthetic, shape and process.
All the photographs in Neill’s set have been taken with a homemade panoramic pinhole camera. The camera in question takes 35mm film and shoots the equivalent of four 35mm frames at once, giving the wide angle of view.  The lack of lens coupled with a pinhole size below 0.25 mm, means the images have an absolute depth of field, where all elements are in focus from 1cm to infinity. Due to the pinhole size the exposure has to be extended with times ranging from  20 seconds to hour.
Neill loves the ease with which he can build cameras from the  life’s detritus, create and distort the image through design, building bespoke cameras in hours.   It is often the happy accidents that drive him to experiment more, looking for a new aesthetic that inspires him, or develops Neill’s practice.
Neill’s subway shot was taken during lunch rush hour, the ongoing exposure has made the commuters invisible…..
All Images ©2011 Neill Cockwill
To see more of Neill’s work check out his Flickr.
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