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MemoryCam ©2006 A brass pinhole camera. 3.5 inches high, 2.25 inches wide. In the tradition of camera manufacturing, the handle is useless. If you lift the camera with it, the bottom falls off and your film is exposed. It's a camera to photograph memories. On the base the instructions read: 1. Fix memory in your mind. 2. Point MemoryCam toward memory. 3. Expose film. You can see an earlier stage of the camera and photos taken by it here. This camera was on the Make blog on October 11, 2006!

Memory Number 436, taken with my MemoryCam on Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day. Exposure: 6 minutes. Black and white photo paper was used as film. I developed the paper negative like regular photo paper and scanned it into the computer. The subjects are a combination of photo cut-outs and toys. The paper film is 1.5 x 3.5 inches. The ends are cropped off a bit because the circle of the image is more like 3 inches wide.

An earlier version. Because the exposure is so long, and then the paper film has to be developed, it's a slow process (by my standards). I had to take about 6 photos to get one I liked. In this one I thought the white pants were too bright, so I scribbled over them with magic marker. I also thought the guy was too centered, and the dinosaur on the left was way too small and hard to see. With a pinhole camera there is no viewfinder or preview. You're guessing at how things will look because the pinhole is basically a fisheye.

The MemoryCam takes a photo of itself. Here's the first photo I took with the MemoryCam. I just had the basic box built and wanted to see if it would work. I used gaffer's tape for the shutter. You can see me standing where I thought I would be out of sight, timing the photo. You can also see the circle of the image. It comes through the pinhole round, but is cropped by the narrow paper on the top and bottom. My head is a blur because I was looking around at the garden. I think the gritty stuff is either from old chemicals or some other photo processing error on my part.

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