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Pinhole Camera Review – Jan Kapoor


by: jan kapoor


Jan made her pinhole camera out of a hexagonal cookie box and an oatmeal canister. She glued the Canister to the lid of the box, making it easy to change out the film. Since the film is being bent around the canister on the inside of the light proofed box, this causes the image to take on a look almost comparable to a fish eye lens. The reason the image looks so bizarre and the subjects are partially superimposed, is because there is not one pinhole, but six!


This is box jan made to produce this image.


Each of the holes are of the same diameter, so I assume that the exposure time is equal for all the different angles, meaning it must have been quite a challenge to not get exposure blowouts. This is this is an excellent example of pinhole camera photography because it would have taken much time and effort to get the final images. The shutter must have been a box of some sort put over the camera.

The image itself is magnificent. By wrapping the film into a cylinder, we get a 360 degree view of the Oakland Cemetery. The subject matter alone is very apparent by the way she framed this image. This must have been difficult because she had six different angles to frame. With this in mind, it becomes more apparent how nicely this image really captures the mood of the setting. The cemetery is used by the locals as a park, and it is visited by many people because of its gardens and beautiful headstones. This is apparent in the image, with either side showing the sprawling grounds. The middle of the image highlights one of the many beautiful statues, giving the image a focal point.

Since the image does have a superimposed quality to it, it reminds me of a phenomenon I saw on the popular television series “Fringe” called Retinal Visual Imprinting. This is when the last thing you are looking at is imprinted on the retinas of your eyes when you die.  If there truly was a way to view the raw images the retina picks up, I believe the human sight pattern would resemble something like this.

Here is another one of my favorites from her series “Grotto”. I find it amazing and love it for all the same reasons I love the images from The Cemetery:


"Resurrection" by: jan kapoor


To view Jan’s Other Images in her series, please visit:

“Oakland Cemetery, located in Atlanta, GA, was founded in 1850, and is the final resting place of all classes of Atlanta society, from the poorest to the most wealthy. Notables include Margaret Mitchell, Bobby Jones, the founding fathers of Atlanta, and many former Atlanta mayors, including Maynard Jackson. In the Victorian era, when Oakland was at its heyday, visiting the cemetery was a popular weekend activity. Family members would come to tend graves, garden on their lots, and visit with friends and neighbors. Oakland remains an active part of Atlanta life, used not only as a cemetery but as a park for strolling and jogging. The Historic Oakland Foundation is actively engaged in the preservation and restoration of the cemetery, and also conducts regular interpretive tours of the grounds, gardens and monuments.”

“Retinal Visual ImprintThe nerve layer that lines the back of the eye, senses light, and creates impulses that travel through the optic nerve to the brain. Light levels at the macula, chemical levels within receptors and excitation of the optic nerve, at death, leaves an imprint, essentially freezing the last image within the ocular nerve. Not unlike staring at a bright light for too long, the living optic nerve can adjust its bio-chemical balance to eliminate the burned-in image over time – the dead optic system cannot.”

Wanna learn more about “Retinal Visual Imprinting”? scroll down to the “R” section:



2 Responses to “Pinhole Camera Review – Jan Kapoor”

  1. I never thought it can be done in such way. Thank you, I got some idea in my head right now.

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