The Pinhole Podcast – Episode 5: Pinhole Heroes


It’s Episode 5 of the Pinhole Podcast! We took a break from talking about ourselves (and notebooks and cable releases and stuff) and had a chat about some of our pinhole heroes.

What is a pinhole hero, you ask? We had lots of opinions (surprise), but pretty much agreed that a hero is someone who inspires us. They really know how to use their cameras and are always learning new ways to see with them. Some construct their own cameras out of the most amazing materials, or hack a wide variety of other cameras to shoot pinhole. In short, they embody everything that is good and awesome about pinhole.

Please check out the links below to see our hero’s work, as well as the images that we discuss through the podcast!

Scott Speck (integrity_of_light on Flickr)
The Archives –
Dan the Man –
Champagne on the Beach –
The Speck Scope (Camera made by Matt Abelson) –

Shikiko Endo (Shikihan on Flickr)
Balloons –
Fairground ride –

Ross Togashi(art y fotos on Flickr)
Debonair pinhole family portrait –
“The Pin-Debo-Lair” –
Pinhole cameras – an album on Flickr –
Pig in a blanket –
Sinking feeling –
Give a hand – WPPD –

Alexey (Krupinhole on Flickr)

Mad Remington –
“Black Tube-1” –
Triumph Square (Mayakovka). Moscow. 2011. –

Howard (Wheehmax on Flickr)

Speed –
Relative Movement album –
Getting Stuck In –
Gardening In A Blur –
Remote Pinhole Camera –
World’s End –

Featured image: Pinhole film swap by Jeff Soderquist and Jesus Joglar.

Show music: “Hometown Hero” by Megan Jean and the Klay Family Band is licensed under a Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 United States License.


    • Jeff Soderquist says

      Hi Jonas,

      So sorry for delayed response. The featured image is a pinhole film swap photograph created by myself and Jesus Jolgar. It is a triple exposure. One of which is shot in Barcelona, the other two on the Mountain Loop Highway in Washington State. The peak featured in the image is Mount Pilchuck.

      – Jeff

  1. says

    A must listen, for sure with such a list of renowoned pinholist!
    [. . . and thanks a lot for featuring Jeff’s and myself pinhole filmswap photo!!!!!]
    Greetings from the Mediterranean!

  2. says

    Finally I was able to transfer the podcast to my cellular and I have listen to it (I will do listen the previous ones, too).
    I just would like to make several minor comments. The first one is that I had to bite my tongue not to take part of it while listening in the bus/metro to the podcast, hahahaha!!!
    I am glad that you give a wonderful list of links to the work of the heroes. This can speed up the process of looking at their work.
    I think that Howard is a retired engineer and handy at building cameras. I don’t think that being an engineer is a must to understand light and photo, but it is clear that his skills are very high in the geometry of the cameras he builds. As far as I remember Stanislav Sedlák (standa1956 in Flickr, and another of the heroes) described the use of the “spark” method. Basically it is the result of an electric (or voltaic) arc produced by an electric (continuous electricity) between the aluminum foil and a needle and you may control de diameter of the pinhole with the voltage of the electric current you use. As far as I know the most interesting thing is that aluminum (at least in very thin plates) volatilizes in the process leaving a perfect circle. I know Howard uses this system with domestic aluminum foil.
    Good work, guys, I find very interesting and I will listen to all of your podcasts (even though I need a lot of concentration trying to follow you).

  3. Dennis says

    Thank you so much for inspiring me with your podcast. I had an interest for pinhole photography before, but after failing miserably at it, I put it aside for a while, but after listening to your podcasts on a rainy weekend, I am stoked again to go out with my Zero and try harder!

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