On Sunday 29 April, children staying at Bristol Royal Hospital for Children celebrated World Pinhole Photography Day. Together with their families, children made pinhole cameras out of empty beer cans, and used them to take photos around the Hospital.
The workshop was led by pinhole photography expert, Justin Quinnell, who set up a special darkroom where children could help develop their prints during the day. Arts Coordinator, Ruth Jacobs, organised the activities as part of the Hospital Arts Programme. She said, “The workshop was great fun; it was good to get the children up and about doing something creative – they didn’t believe it was possible to make a camera out of a beer can, and they were really surprised by their photos. The parents loved it too. We will be exhibiting the photos in the Dining Room used by families and staff.”
Colour and black and white photos taken on the day can now be viewed online at Pinhole Day website. Look for Bristol Children’s Hospital under Group to find the photographs, or go to page 71, pictures no. 1524 to 1537
World Pinhole Photography Day occurs annually on the last Sunday in April. It is designed to promote the wonder of forming an image through a hole around the same size as the full stop at the end of this sentence.