The pinhole camera, formerly called “camera obscura”, is very primitive; it was invented in the 15th Century. In principle, there is very small pinhole at one end of a light-tight box and film or print paper of light-sensitive material at the other end. It is not equipped with a lens and/or finder. There is no need to “focus” a pinhole camera, but long exposure times are required because of the absence of a lens. Although the pinhole camera has several limiting factors for taking a picture, it is fascinating for us because of the “fuzzy” soft image, the “timelessness”, and the poetic feeling of the results.

When taking a picture, I feel the sense of going into the camera and becoming myself a part of the camera. Thie “no finder” camera caused me sometimes to have a consideration and imagination. When I got such a picture, it looked like “light showering”. I feel that the photographs God presented me were a reward for may work.

Chiyoko Murayama