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October 25, 2005


The german art gallery Merid, settled in Stuttgart, is initiating a very nice worldwide project called "Camera Obscura 1-INF".


Camera Obscura 1-INF is a worldwide project in which two holes of a twin-holed pinhole camera are being auctioned simultaneously on Ebay every week. This project is dedicated to the polish artist Roman Opalka and his work 1965/1-∞. The highest bidders in each case receive one after the other a pinhole camera loaded with a piece of unexposed sheet of 5x7 Inch b/w film. They punch a hole with the enclosed needle and expose their own photograph in turn. Because of the minimal distance between the two holes the two photos overlap partly, so that a joint picture emerges, created by two people in different parts of the world. In the course of time a sort of photographic global puzzle will emerge - one continuous series of parallel exposures. All participants will receive by post an actual sized print of the partially superimposed photo which they made. At a later date the cameras will be displayed together with the parallel exposures in a permanent exhibition in the Galerie Merid in Stuttgart. They will also be published on this Internet site. In the Spring of 2006 all works to date will be published in a catalog. Read more and see some pictures...

>>> pinhole #67 at…
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Safehaven Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2005
Bin there, done that, gives awesome results if you have time to wait for the exposure to complete, it is a bit of experimenting (start off with 1 pinhole!!) but you have a dof from 0 to infinity! SHARP (kinda)

Curious for your results!

Cheers mate
rawimage Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2005  Hobbyist Photographer
does this mean you bought one?
well the dof is not exactly inifinte. closer objects are blury.
I still cary the camera in my trunk. The other guy is getting kind of inpatient :giggle:
Safehaven Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2005
I made one of an old tin cookie can together with my grandpa when I was small (this is how I got interested in photography) still have it, we used kodak photosensitive paper (black and white) and developed it :)

Nice time...

I remember the objects that were very very near (20 cm or less to be slightly smeared, as if they where stretched) Other things looked a bit blurred, but considering the primitive make and long exposure this was still awesome for something that simple.

Keep it and have fun :)

Cheers mate.
rawimage Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2005  Hobbyist Photographer
Oh boy, the time passed since I planned to build one from a can... at least 10 years. But some day I sure will :D
Safehaven Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2005
Show me the results if you manage!

Big-Skivies Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2005
I saw your journal, went to eBay, bid on #71 and I WON!!!!! :boogie:
Ok, so now I have to figure out what I'm going to take a picture of for all the world to see! :clap:
:confused: I'm still a bit confused about the winning bid and if I need to pay for that or just the sipping to the next winner? :shrug:
No WAY! That's too cool.
I want it. What do you say, Max? You and me hanging in the Galerie Merid? :D
rawimage Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2005  Hobbyist Photographer
wow! That would be SO cool :D
Maybe we could even share the same camera...
Let's do it, bud!
Let me know what I need to do. :nod:
rawimage Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2005  Hobbyist Photographer
it's a little complicated. you and me have to bid at german ebay (you don't have to register if you already have an account at on the actual PINHOLES. then of course we have to win the auctions. every aution end on a sunday. the actual [link] and [link] pinholes are still really low at 1.50 euro the last I bought was around 13 dollars. Are you still in(terested)??
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