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Human Silhouettes Created With 25,000 Pinhole Photos Of The Sun

By Anthony Thurston on July 9th 2013

Chris Bucklow, a UK based photographer, has this really neat project in which he has started using aluminum foil. After poking holes in the foil to chart out a human silhouette he places the foil as the front element in his DIY pinhole camera.

After exposing the shot for about 1 second he removes the back of the camera, which is just photosensitive paper. The end result is a human silhouette created with 25,000 suns. You see each hole in the foil acts as a lens, not just a hole, so the effect is 25,000 mini lenses each capturing an image of the sun. You can check out the results below.

Each photograph is unique – the actual sheet of paper that becomes the artwork on the wall was in the giant camera at the moment of the exposure. There is no negative. No enlargement.












You can see more of Chris’s work on his website, He has some great work, so stop bye and check it out.

What are your thoughts on these pinhole images? Curious about doing something similar yourself? Let us know in a comment below!

[via DIY Photography]

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Anthony Thurston is a photographer based in the Salem, Oregon area specializing in Boudoir. He recently started a new project, Fiercely Boudoir to help support the growing boudoir community. Find him over on Instagram. You may also connect with him via Email.

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  1. Joseph Prusa

    Thanks for sharing

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  2. Flavia Reno

    Would love to learn how to do it =) Deadly!

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