Name: Ian Burton
Occupation: Design Engineer
I am a degree qualified design engineer working in the communications and electrical industry since 2001. I am very much a family man with two young beautiful daughters to Helen, my long suffering wife of 10 years now. I have been a hobbyist photographer since 2008, I have exhibited a variety of my digital and film work at ‘Inspired By’ gallery at the North York Moors centre (Danby), The Arc (Stockton) and most recently at ConnectedTEN (Calverton, Nottingham). In 2017, one of my pinhole photographs made the “The f/D Book of Pinhole” which I am immensely proud to be amongst so many well respected pinhole photographers from around the globe.
HOW DID I GET INTO PINHOLE PHOTOGRAPHY?
Before 2014 I had always been creating conventional/classic landscapes, feeling unfulfilled creatively I needed to do something different. I felt compelled to get into film photography, there’s something about an image created on film, the process is more organic, it has a personality, and it is something you can hold. During my research I came across a selection of images on an alternative photography website and was blown away by the quality of some of the images only to discover they were made using a film pinhole camera.
What I love about pinhole photography is what you see and what you get are two entirely different things often the resulting images are ethereal and dreamlike with a subtle softness like you have captured an alternative reality. Being detached from having any immediate digital output has been a revelation, a digital detox that cleanses the mind and soul allowing me to connect more with a subject and become more aware of the environment around me. Not knowing the end result builds a sense of anticipation and excitement, and when you pull that negative from the developing tank to see something there the relief and satisfaction you feel is something you cannot get from digital photography.
WHAT PINHOLE DO I USE?
I use a multitude of pinhole cameras, my favourite being the Zero 2000, it is a limited edition handcrafted wooden box; nothing comes near to this in terms of class, quality and feel; that goes for images and the camera. I also have two Reality So Subtle pinholes, a 6×6 and 6×12 and I have made a 4×5 camera from a sheet of cardboard. Recently I have starting converting old medium format cameras with good success. Each pinhole has its own unique character and I will select one based on the subject I am shooting.
Name: Andrew Atkinson
Occupation: Business Improvement Specialist
Studied photography for 4 years earning a BTEC OND & HND at Newcastle College of Art & Design before working as a commercial photographer for a number of years down south. Have 2 amazing kids and a wonderful partner who puts up with my photography shenanigans.
Photography has been a part of my life since been a teenager and I have exhibited a number of times at the Joe Cornish Gallery and the Connected Exhibition in Nottingham. My most recent achievement was having one of my pinhole images published in to “The f/D Book of Pinhole” with other pinhole photographers from around the world.
WHY PINHOLE PHOTOGRAPHY?
It is fun, exciting and unpredictable.
I first used a pinhole camera as part of my GCSE Photography class at school when I was 15. It was made out of a box that we placed a piece of photographic paper in and then developed it in a tray. I suppose I was lucky having a school that offered photography as a GCSE, and had a full B&W darkroom I could use.
After shooting film for many years I finally took the plunge and went digital. It was not until I few years ago when I bought a Hasselblad and started shooting film again that my interest in pinhole photography raised its head again, influenced by Ian and other photographers such as Paul Mitchell. I love the freedom it gives you, the excitement and anticipation you get before the film has been processed. You don’t know exactly what the result will be, and then the relief when you see the negatives and they are not blank and more excitement again as you now want to see the scanned or printed.
You cannot get this from digital as the feedback in instant and adjustments can be made if necessary.