Some people look at art and say, “Well I could do that!” and the answer back is always, “Yes indeed, and an artist is the person who actually does it”. So too, photographer Nancy Breslin has shown how the simplest of devices, a pinhole camera, can produce powerful images rich with interpretation. Notable among her extensive work is her project Squaremeals: A Pinhole Diary of Eating Out which consists of thousands of pinhole photographs of her restaurant meals, all shot on film in a Zero 2000 pinhole camera. The tiny aperture of this camera (f/138) requires relatively long exposures (seconds outside, minutes to hours inside). Meals are a perfect subject due to the combination of movement (people, glassware) and stillness (the room itself).
Pinhole cameras, sometimes called camera obscura, have become popular again because of the astonishing images they capture and because they remind us of how our fascination with the screen all started. Want to learn more?