Through the pinhole

Using photographic paper and an Adsa’s worth of empty beer cans, pinhole photographer Justin Quinnell has been capturing images of Bristol in a host of three month-duration exposures.

The project, known as Sunrise, has seen Quinnell set up home-made 450 pinhole cameras around the city, the results of which can be seen in the Sunrise Project book which launches next week.

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It hasn’t been an easy ride for Quinnell. Aside from seeing his photos eaten by mould and subject to water damage, he has lost cameras to theft, building redevelopments, beer-hungry drunks, and even angry druids – the latter wrecked his attempt to take a six month-long exposure of Stone Henge.

But Quinnell stays philosophical. His impetus for the project is encouraging people to engage the world around them using a simply-made tool. He says, ‘Being able to comprehend something is the way into the wonder of it.’

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And the thing Quinnel would most like to stick a pinhole camera on? A giant tortoise of course.

The Sunrise Project book by Justin Quinnel is available from Blurb.

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