Inspired by their daily dealings with refuse, a group of trashmen in Hamburg have transformed a fleet of dumpsters into giant pinhole cameras. The simple devices capture images without the need for a lens using a hole and an oversized piece of photographic paper. Dubbed the Trashcam Project, the photographs offer a unique look at the city of Hamburg from the viewpoint of Oscar the Grouch.
Pinhole cameras can be made from virtually any container that can be made light-tight – from coffee cans to entire rooms. The Trashcam team began by drilling small holes in the center of the dumpsters to function as the camera’s lens. A “shutter” is then installed, which can be a piece of duct tape or cardboard that covers the pinhole.
The crew hangs a large sheet of unexposed photographic paper inside the dumpster in total darkness. Once affixed, they must make sure the dumpster is light tight until it reaches its destination. The Trashcam is then wheeled to the desired location to expose the light-sensitive paper.
Because pinhole cameras are not an exact science, the resulting pieces are entirely unpredictable – some depict true-to-life scenes while others are awash in ethereal distortion. Exposures can take up to an hour, during which time the image can be warped by movement or light leaks, which have a haunting effect on the imagery. Once developed, the images are one of a kind photographs.
The trash collectors have focused on mostly landscape and architecture for their subjects, since the exposure times are so long. We’re inspired by how they’ve created an innovative art project out of an ordinary job!
Via This is Colossal