Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day was celebrated last sunday. It's an international event created to promote and celebrate the art of pinhole photography. As a small group of art students, we also took part in this event by organizing a workshop in Rovaniemi, Lapland.
The idea behind organizing a local event came up a month ago. We were laying on a floor of a gallery where one of us had just had an exhibition. Everybody was staring at a projection of a street on the wall. The entire room was a camera obscura, everything darkened except the light coming from a small hole in the window and creating an image of the view outside the gallery to the opposite wall inside. Henriikka (@henriikknananaa) told us about an international pinhole photography day that’s celebrated in April, and after a short discuss it was clear that this group of students was going to participate as well. As a co-organizer I came into the picture a little bit later, as my history in photographing in general isn’t that long and before this event I’d never heard about pinhole photographing before. I was just eager to learn something new (or should I say something old) and share the experience with other people, too.
In the workshop it was possible to make a pinhole camera, expose images to black and white photo paper and also process the photos in a darkroom that we actually build just for this event. Some vegan food was also served.
The amount of laughter was huge, especially in the darkroom where people who didn't know each other beforehand worked together, developing the photos and occasionally figuring out where their picture might have disappeared. The atmosphere was so nice that I'm definitely willing to arrange this sort of an event again next year.