Introduction Contents Search Paintings Essays Interviews Videos Enquiries Email

(London Stuckists)
Pinhole Photographs

Statement and CV Larger images Paintings

Hand-printed black and white photographs (3" square) taken in 2003
Statement and CV

The Photographs
There is something special about a pinhole camera. There is a beauty in its simplicity and rawness that technology has not been able to better. There is a timeless quality that can make the most uncomplicated subject seem full of poetry.

In each pinhole picture I take I hope to capture the joy and excitement that the early pioneering photographers (Fox Talbot and friends) must have felt when they took and developed photographs for the very first time.

In this, my first ever exhibition of pinholes, I have included a number of subjects of a personal nature. From local surroundings - Chatham Bandstand, Rochester Castle and the Cathedral, to friends - Billy Childish, to personal belongings - typewriter, pocket watch and trench cap.

Some of these photographs have already been used in my latest poetry book "Journals of a Jobseeker" and as an insert for The Buff Medway's new album entitled "1914". Three pinholes of Billy have also been used in his most recent box set of poetry books as a picture of the author.

My Camera
A wooden light-proof box (4" x 4") with a pin-sized hole made through the front side. This allows light to enter and form a negative image on photographic paper placed inside at the back of the camera.

Taking the Photograph
I aim the camera as best I can (besides having no lens, a pinhole camera also has no viewfinder). I open the wooden slide and allow light to enter through the pinhole. When I think the image may have formed (anything from 40 seconds to five minutes), I close the wooden slide. I then have to use a light-proof bag to load fresh photographic paper.

I develop a negative print in my bathroom darkroom and make a positive print from this by placing another piece of photographic paper under the negative, exposing it to a light bulb for 5 seconds and developing that into the actual photograph.

This type of photography is not an exact science and the pinhole photographer faces many disappointments in his darkroom. The hard work will eventually pay off.

The pinhole photographer laughs in the face of the delete button.

CV: Wolf Howard was born in Medway, Kent in 1968. At 16 he became a drummer, at 25 a painter, at 30 a poet and at 34 he became a pinhole photographer and Super 8 cine film-maker. He is a member of the Stuckist art movement and currently plays drums alongside Billy Childish in The Buff Medways. He is self-unemployed.

Further information: See Wolf Howard's additional CV and paintings here.

back to top