Some Assembly Required: Peter Wiklund’s Three-Pinhole Camera

This series focuses on those who take the making of pictures a step or two further, creating their own photographic tools.

Peter Wiklund, Hagersten, Sweden

Peter Wiklund is a self-proclaimed pinhole camera addict. And like an addict, each new pinhole experimentation leads to the next. Having made photographs with anamorphic pinhole cameras for a number of years, Wiklund wanted to combine their signature distortion with a “straight” view. A combination he describes as, “a familiar view with a…weird one. Well, actually two weird views as it turned out.”

After a few hours of thinking and sketching, Wiklund began construction on his multi-pinhole camera. Removing the lens and bellows from an old Kodak 6x9, Wiklund drilled pinholes into three different squares of black plastic (1mm in thickness) and bent them into place where the bellows had been. Each pinhole is 0.25mm in diameter for a focal length of approximately 40mm and an aperture of f/160. The shutters are operated manually by removing simple pieces of black tape.

Each of the three pinholes project the subject onto 120 film at different angles. The two side views are distorted, while the center pinhole makes a “straight” image. The resulting images are ethereal, overlapping compositions—a “weird view” indeed. Depending on the number of pinholes he chooses to use with each exposure, Wiklund has a many options with which to experiment, enough to keep even a pinhole addict entertained for years.

View more of Wiklund’s work on his website.

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