Digital cameras have revolutionized the art of photography. Gone are hours in a darkroom, film, and treasured cameras passed down from one shutterbug to another. Slovenian industrial designer and artist Elvis Halilović has created a series of six wooden pinhole cameras in an attempt to bring photography back to its roots. Working to create a simple, attractive, and affordable camera, Halilović recently launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds for the production of his ONDU Pinhole camera.
For the past seven years, Elvis Halilović has been photographing with his homemade pinhole cameras, producing images as big as 3 by 4 meters. Through Kickstarter, he is offering six different models in differing dimensions and film sizes from the most common Leica 135 format to the 4″ x 5″ film holder camera. All of the openings are held together with strong magnets, making loading film and winding knobs simple. Every camera is accompanied by an exposure chart for the most used films in order to cut down on waste and guesswork. No lenses are involved, and because of its high aperture, the results are unique to most other forms of photography.
“Most products these days are made for a certain time period after which they become replaced by a newer more advanced model, rendering them obsolete. The exchange/passing of objects through generations has been lost due to all the influx of cheap goods and commodities. We want to change that, using only the best materials and manufacturing techniques available, we want to create objects that you can pass on for generations. All cameras are made by two brothers, ensuring high levels of craftsmanship and outstanding quality,” explains Halilović.
As much a piece of carpentry or sculpture as a camera, the ONDU pieces are mean to be heirlooms and treasured as much as the pictures they take. Sometimes, there is nothing quite like the Old School.