My interest in pinhole photography was rekindled some years ago when a client requested a head shot of me for a promotion piece. Quite rightly they didn’t use the pinhole portrait but it reminded me of doing interesting multi- hole pinhole work when I was starting out as an assistant in London. I began photographing rubbish and debris in close up on the Surry Hills lanes around my studio, but soon started to look up and saw there was much more interest in the buildings and streets. I deliberately didn’t over think the configuration of the holes in the ordinary kitchen foil I was using, nor did I worry about keeping it flat, so as to vary the effective focal length throughout the pictures, which threw up some very lovely surprises.
At the same time, I was commissioned to photograph musicians in Australia and overseas. These trips have a fair bit of down time, and so away from clients’ requests and travelling solo, I have been able to spend hours at a time wandering around some of the world’s great cities, photographing with my pinhole ‘lenses’. The multi-hole lens transforms the ordinary into the beautiful, turns posts in the river into vast cityscapes, creates futuristic architecture out of dull apartment buildings, puts ferries on the land, water in the sky and clouds on the ground.
The prints here represent a selection of those images, chosen from various series- skyscrapers, cityscapes, architectural details, rivers/harbours.
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