This Book is a Pop Up Pinhole Camera in Disguise (So Long as You Don’t Read the Title)

Dec 2, 2015

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This Book is a Pop Up Pinhole Camera in Disguise (So Long as You Don’t Read the Title)

Dec 2, 2015

Gannon Burgett

Gannon Burgett is a communications professional with over a decade of experience in content strategy, editing, marketing, multimedia content creation. He’s photographed and written content seen across hundreds of millions of pageviews. In addition to his communications work for various entities and publications, Gannon also runs his multimedia marketing agency, Ekleptik Media, where he brings his expertise as a full-stack creator to help develop and execute data-driven content strategies. His writing, photos, and videos have appeared in USA Today, Car and Driver, Road & Track, Autoweek, Popular Mechanics, TechCrunch, Gizmodo, Digital Trends, DPReview, PetaPixel, Imaging Resource, Lifewire, Yahoo News, Detroit Free Press, Lansing State Journal, and more.

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camerasversion2We’ve seen our fair share of interesting pinhole cameras, but in terms of cleverness, this one is going to be hard to beat. That’s because, it’s just as much a book as it is a camera.

It’s a creation of artist Kelli Anderson, called This Book is a Camera. As the name of the book suggests, it’s a pop up book that turns into a functioning pinhole camera when you open it up.

camerasInside are printed instructions on how to operate the camera. So you can start shooting right away, Anderson includes five pieces of black and white Ilford photo paper to get you started.verytop

Like any pinhole camera, the process is fairly straightforward. Load in the paper. lift the shutter to expose the paper. Then develop the paper. Of course, your image will be a negative once developed. Thus, you can scan it and invert it to create a positive of the pinhole image you captured.

samplephoto1As to why she created this little contraption, Anderson says, ‘I wanted to make a working camera within an educational pop-up book—one that connects the dots between design and science/structure and function.’ We’d say she accomplished her goal.

You can get your hands on This Book is a Camera for US$29 on Anderson’s website. If you’d rather not pay, you can also download blueprints of the camera so you can make your own. They’re licensed under Creative Commons, so feel free to do as you please with the layout.

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Gannon Burgett

Gannon Burgett

Gannon Burgett is a communications professional with over a decade of experience in content strategy, editing, marketing, multimedia content creation. He’s photographed and written content seen across hundreds of millions of pageviews. In addition to his communications work for various entities and publications, Gannon also runs his multimedia marketing agency, Ekleptik Media, where he brings his expertise as a full-stack creator to help develop and execute data-driven content strategies. His writing, photos, and videos have appeared in USA Today, Car and Driver, Road & Track, Autoweek, Popular Mechanics, TechCrunch, Gizmodo, Digital Trends, DPReview, PetaPixel, Imaging Resource, Lifewire, Yahoo News, Detroit Free Press, Lansing State Journal, and more.

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