The iMac of chicken coops


An artist took a Pringles can and used it as a pinhole camera — with incredibly amazing results, as he documents on his web site polaroids & pinholes. The images are weirdly haunting, like everyday objects seen through the eyes of an alien. The experience of using the camera is also aparently quite meditative, as the artist writes:

Total darkness as the colour paper is curled into the case of the tube.

Lid on, out into the light.

From half a minute to five minutes or more. A vague look at the watch, but more importantly, a calmness as the camera does its thing.

Back into the dark.

Always surprised at the results. Sometimes great patience is required to get a good result.

(Thanks to Ektopia for this one!)

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I'm Clive Thompson, the author of Smarter Than You Think: How Technology is Changing Our Minds for the Better (Penguin Press). You can order the book now at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Powells, Indiebound, or through your local bookstore! I'm also a contributing writer for the New York Times Magazine and a columnist for Wired magazine. Email is here or ping me via the antiquated form of AOL IM (pomeranian99).

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