solargraphy – pinhole photography

Last week I posted a notice on our Facebook wall and on twitter for everyone to send in some recent work. We are always looking for some great images from you and for fresh work to highlight. One set of images that really caught my eye were from Adas Vasiliauskas. He sent over a group of solargraphy images which is something I have never heard of. The color and texutre of these images caught my eye and being something different I reached out to him. Adas was happy to share a little about what these images are, check out some information from him below along with some of his work. These show once again that while gear may be fun, you can create awesome art with a box, a hole punched in it and some film.

solargraphy – pinhole type photography
Shortly about solargraphy: solargraphy is kind of pinhole photography which main principle is to photograph the path of the sun. It usually takes 3-6 months to get a picture. I mean the exposure is that long This way you get the sun lines travelling through the sky day after day.

Usually I use empty canister (see photo below) from film with Ilford photopaper. I use Ilford multigrade RC IV paper. But I’ve heard some of my friends are using other type of paper. So, basically paper type is not that important. I’m thinking about changing the paper and see what happens. Then I find safe and sunny place somewhere in the city and glue the canister with strongs glues (as the pinhole needs to be stable all the time). After 5-6 months I come back, take the canister and bring it home. The most amazing part is that when you open the pinhole you already see the negative view on the photopaper, I mean you don’t have to use developer or fixer – the view is already there. All you need to do is quickly scan the paper. I remove the paper from canister in a dim light and place the paper into the scanner as quick as possible. It doesn’t start to fade RIGHT away, but light affects it. After the first scan I loose half of details on the paper so I don’t have a chance to make a mistake while scanning. After scanning original material is gone, the only thing left – digital image.

Here are some of Adas solargraphy images:

I think it’s always good to try new stuff out and expand our creative minds. What do you think? Leave a comment below or leave us a link with our own solargraphy or pinhole images!

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Author: Mark

Mark is a fine art wedding and portrait photographer from Northern California. He has been passionate about photography since childhood and started his studio 12 years ago to bring a fresh style of photography to the wedding and portrait world.

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  1. Pretty cool results! Just wondering–the examples were mostly done on color photo paper, right? I know it’s not unheard of to get pinks and blues on black and white paper but this seems too diverse to be b/w–or am I wrong? I’d love to try it out.

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