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Art matters: A visitor takes a look at photographs taken with a pinhole camera. –Photo: Divya Medikonda
Art matters: A visitor takes a look at photographs taken with a pinhole camera. –Photo: Divya Medikonda

All those assuming that a lens is to the camera what an eye is to the mind, will be forced to revise this notion after visiting the photo exhibition ‘Me Monarch', currently on at the Ravi Photo Gallery in Somajiguda. The lens is nothing more than a pair of spectacles for the camera.

For those interested in the science behind the eye's extension, on show here are exquisite ‘pinhole photographs' taken without the use of the lens. And the range of cameras varies from cardboard carton to matchboxes with spools fixed at both the ends.

Pinhole photography, the camera art from its nascent stage, is no kid's play. A hole and a film are all that the image requires in material form, with the rest left for the brain to conjure.

“The pinhole made into a closed container is the only aperture which takes in light, forming an inverted image on the opposite side where a film is placed. It is a technique of photography in its most original form. Use of the lens in regular camera only helps increase the precision,” says D. Ravinder Reddy, the organiser, who has been a press photographer for many years.

Typically, a pinhole camera is not a click-a-flick model. It requires more exposure, sometimes leading to hours. A piece of opaque tape or cardboard serves as a shutter. After enough exposure as calculated by the photographer, the shutter has to be closed and the film taken out to be processed. These images have an aesthetic appeal with infinite depth of field, says Mr. Reddy. In all, 98 photographers from 24 countries sent their self portraits in various moods for the show.

It will be on till May 4.


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