Image: Justin Quinnell
In summer 2010, internationally renowned pinhole photographer Justin Quinnell worked in residence at Knowle West Media Centre (KWMC) on the ‘Sunrise Project’.
Justin made pinhole cameras from empty cans of beer and Red Bull. 400 cameras were placed in gardens and secure positions around Knowle West for a 3 month period. During this time the photographic paper inside the camera gradually exposed, recording the movement of the sun. But what else could it have recorded?
Justin’s residency invites us to think about the passage of time and how it is represented visually: what might have changed in your life by the time your photograph has finished developing? Might you have finished school? Welcomed a new baby? The cameras were collected at the end of June to coincide with Summer Solstice. Justin has scanned and edited the images.
See the final images on the KWMC Flickr site here.
World Pin-Knowle Day
On 25th April 2010 Justin and KWMC celebrated the tenth Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day, with a difference…On Worldwide Pin-Knowle Day Justin held workshops at KWMC where local people learned how to make a pinhole camera and capture a photograph.
A special publication contains 36 images from the ‘Sunrise Project’, as well as stories and anecdotes submitted by participants. It also includes Justin’s tips and recommendations for staging a similar project.
Read Justin's biography and find out more about The Sunrise Project.
Watch the Sunrise Project film on KWMC's Youtube channel.