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Students display pinhole photography in Honey Grove


HONEY GROVE, TX -- Before selfies on smartphones and even polaroids, there was pinhole photography.

Tuesday Texas A&M Commerce students displayed their pinhole photos outside the Bertha Voyer Memorial Library in Honey Grove.

"Pinhole photography is basically a picture taken with a light-tight box, that is your camera, with a pinhole in front of it," said student Ariel Rawlings. "The light travels through the pinhole and exposes the film or paper negative."

The class made their own cameras, but not all were made with a box. Students used legos, a red bell pepper, paint cans and even a film canister to create their cameras.

They spent hours calibrating and determining how long to leave the shutter open, varying from a few seconds to several minutes.

"We kind of look at the light and how the clouds are moving and pick a time, then you start," said student David Namaksy. "Mine were two to six minutes."

With no view finder, photographers have no idea how the image turns out until brought back to the dark room.

Pinhole photos are known for their imperfections. They tend to be blurry and sometimes you can even see the photographer's fingerprints.

"It relates the photographer to the image, that you can't really get digitally or with other cameras," said Namaksy.

Students say the class has given them a new perspective on photography.

"It brought me back to the roots of photography," said Rawlings.

"For me its re-ignited my passion for photography," said student Emma Mills.


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