A Camera Made Out of 32,000 Straws

Michael Farrell and Cliff Haynes invented a curious mixture between pinhole photography and pointillism.

A pinhole camera is a box with a very small hole inside. It is the ancestor of the camera. You put the photo paper inside, and open the small hole to expose it. It’s a very simple camera, however, slightly more complicated when the box contains 32,000 holes.  And to be exact, it isn’t just 32,000 holes- it’s  32,000 straws.

The idea comes from two artists, Mick Farrell and Cliff Haynes, and is logically called Straw Camera. Every straw is 25.4 centimeters long and has a diameter of 22 mm. Haynes explains that it gives an opening of f/127. Not all of the straws are identical and their color influences the final result.

Once realized, the portraits are faithful to reality, although a little blurry by the DIY aspect of the project. While observing these photographs, you have them impression that you’re looking at somebody through a bee-hive, or that Seurat decided to become a photographer.


A Camera Made Out of 32,000 Straws