Vadim Šamkovis a pinhole (lensless) photographer currently living in Vilnius, Lithuania and it's a pleasure to have him as the July 2011 CK pinhole photographer feature.
"I began taking pinhole pictures and making cameras in 2005 when I was studying in photography school. My photography teacher gave my pinhole camera made from Kiev 88 film back. After couple developed films I became interested with the unpredictable results and freedom from photography standards using pinhole cameras. That’s how my pinhole journey has begun. This gave me new possibilities of seeing world that surrounds us. I was looking for a new means of expression, originality. Pinhole photography gave me less dependence on modern technology advances. Man by nature is the embodiment of creativity. But perhaps the human creative possibilities are limitless in pinhole photography. In pinhole photography, each photographer is an exceptional personality, distinctive not only for the shooting behavior, but also the fact that, prior to making at least one shot, he is a creator who has made a camera that meets his future visions photos. When shooting with a pinhole camera, you have to feel the objects that surround you. The camera becomes a human-nature connection. Thanks to the camera simplicity between nature and man are no barriers.
To me one of the key criteria that must be maintained in pinhole photography, to avoid trivial pinhole images and pinhole cameras do not use just because it is fashionable. Pinhole randomness creates internal dialogue between the object and subject. Pinhole - not a goal, but just another way to capture things that is important to me. Pinhole photography gives us a lot of surprises, especially in the light that changes during long exposures. Pinhole technique is a living thing. In the photographs we can see time passing by.
Everything that surrounds us in this world is changing extremely fast. Adaptable to all new inventions, photography is no exception. Every month, more and newer cameras are released to the increasing number of pixels, etc. But in our society there are more people who often feels embarrassed and global progress, they voluntarily take a step back. "Regression" is not only in their equipment, which "turns" of the most powerful and expensive camera into a matchbox or oatmeal can cameras, but also the "regression" of pinhole photographers themselves, whom like Cervantes Don Quixote are fighting with “windmills of progress”. Pinhole photographers go back a hundred years ago, where life is not synonymous with the rush. Lensless photography is ascetic and altruistic outlook on life.
Black and white pinhole photo graphic design. Created by layer multiple exposure