On Sunday April 27th, 2014 I met Tono Canadas, he is the designer and maker of some beautiful hand crafted wooden pinhole cameras. He had invited photographers to meet at the Anton Martin metro station in Madrid, for World Pinhole Day to kick off his new camera. I don’t have a pinhole camera, but I do have a camera cap with a pinhole, so I decided to join the group and see what I could learn about world pinhole photography. Here is a picture of Tono Canadas with his cameras. As my camera is a DLSR, and use a mirror to see for framing, asI cannot see through the pinhole I did have a little trouble framing properly. At least with the digital I could decide if the framing exposure were right and make some adjustments on the spot.
It was very interesting, there was about 25 photographers, from all over, some from as far away as Brazil and Australia were on the street with us. We wandered around Madrid for a couple of hours, Tono gave everyone an opportunity to try out his cameras, and next week they will meet again to see the photos everyone had taken.
I loved getting out on the street with other photographers, but I am not sure I will ever be a convert to pinhole photography. While I always like what I see others producing I am not a fan of what I get from my camera, but then it could be, like everything else, that I won’t be an instant magical success the first time, and must sharpen my skills and my eye for the art! Here is the one image that I did get that I liked.