Photog Captures Time in Stunning Color Pictures Using a Pinhole Camera
When Matthew Allred isn’t teaching photography to his students at the University of Utah, he’s out creating incredible works of photographic art with the simplest of tools; the pinhole camera.
Allred calls his process ‘Heliography’, a term first coined by pioneering French photographer Joseph-Niépce in 1822 to describe his photographic invention. Allred’s process is not too dissimilar from Niépce in the fact that he constructs his own cameras and even goes as far as formulating his own chemistry for the task.
He describes Heliography as:
A photographic process that utilizes pinhole cameras and ultra long exposures, ranging from 24 hours to 6 months. The resulting images are landscapes which feature the path of the sun. In the longer multi-month exposures the Sun’s path can be seen shifting with the seasons.
Check out this stunning example which not only captures the Sun’s arc, but its reflection on an office building too:
Earlier today we showed you ultra fast, high-definition photographs of the Sun. Allred’s Heliography work is a very different take on the same subject. In his artist statement, which can be read in full on his website, Allred makes an important point about photography and the capturing of time. When photographers want to capture tiny snippets of time they turn to the latest in technology, whereas when a long exposure is needed, they’ll resort to the most basic forms of photography such as a pinhole camera.