Made By Mrs M

The Pop-Up Pinhole Company

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Back in November of last year, I came across The Pop-Up Pinhole Company while I was having a quick run around Renegade (in the calm before we opened on the Sunday morning). I was on the lookout for a present for Mr M - he likes gadgets and I really struggle to buy handmade for him. The mission was to find something handmade and I found a handmade gadget - a make your own pinhole camera kit.

It also gave him a project as he would have to build the camera himself, which he set about doing one weekend in January. The cameras are made from thick screen printed card and come with full instructions. There are two models available - I bought the Videre.

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It took him several hours (and a couple of minor glue related incidents!) but he got there in the end.

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He seemed to quite enjoy making it, but there his enthusiasm dwindled a little. He also thought it wouldn't work, so armed with some black and white film I set about taking some pictures around the house and garden.

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And eventually (a couple of weeks ago) I got the film processed! It did work. Here are 4 of the images...

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So we obviously had it set up off centre, but I rather like the effect. The whole roll worked and I'm hoping to do something with them at some point. It was good fun and I'd definitely recommend as a handmade gift for a geeky man. From my point of view it's inspired me to borrow my Dad's old 35mm camera, get some more black and white film and have a play. Watch this space!

You can find The Pop-Up Pinhole Company's website here. I used Ilford HP5 film and had it processed by Ag Photo Lab (who were very speedy).

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