Perambulations with a pinhole

I had an exciting day experimenting with my Polaroid 100 pinhole camera, and some Fuji FP-100c type 100 peel apart instant film, to celebrate Worldwide Pinhole Day 2013 on 28th April. The Polaroid pinhole camera, a little white compact plastic box with a film holder attached, is really easy to use: firstly covering the pinhole, while sliding back the dark slide, having determined exposure time for the f220 pinhole in seconds, before covering and returning the dark slide to its closed position. The film sheet can then be pulled from the camera, activating development, timed to current ambient temperature, before finally peeling apart and voila! a fabulous glossy print is revealed.

The day was cold and windy, but fortunately bright; allowing for exposures of between 3 and 8 seconds. Working with peel apart film is always somehat more challenging in windy conditions: getting the caustic gel covered waste parts safely into a bag, while ensuring the print is secure in a drying rack to avoid marking the damp surface (a Cokin filter box is perfect for portable drying/storage). Using instant film is however always exciting. There is an analogue pleasure in the performance/process, then the moment of excitement and anticipation while peeling apart the film layers, revealing the finished print with an immediacy that is rather more akin to the expediency of digital photography.

There is something rather special about the fact that the Polaroid or instant image is complete: finished. There is no altering, or post processing possible. The print is the final outcome, a one-off unique edition of one.

Too Late for the train – Folkestone Harbour Station
Polaroid 100 pinhole camera: 4 seconds at f200: Fuji FP-100c instant film
Pinhole size: 0.3mm: Focal length: 60mm
Submitted to the Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day 2013 gallery:


FAC Breakfast Club

A group of artists from the Folkestone Arts Collective (FAC) met at the Cabin Cafe, recently re-located to the station side of Folkestone Harbour. We began the day with an enjoyable breakfast, before making our way to the now disused and sadly dilapidated Folkestone Harbour station platform, where once the Orient Express arrived in spledour. For further information about the station:

As a group of both painters and photographers, we each sought inspiration for our respective media with whatever attracted our attention. Painters set up easels on the platform and began sketching. I had decided that my camera would be my sketchbook for the morning, recording some of the details left behind, following the demise of the harbour line. I felt a hint of deja-vu, remembering clearly the holidays I spent as a boy, walking the disused Norfolk railway track around Kelling Heath, before it was brough back to life and beautifully restored by the North Norfolk Railway:

View from Platform 2

Mark of The Beast


Platform 1

Folkestone Harbour station is still magnificent, even now despite its crumbling state of disrepair. The huge sweeping ‘S’ of the line and its platforms must have been a spectacular sight back in its golden age. Reproduced above are a few of the shots from my photo sketchbook.

The FAC are hoping to arrange further monthly Breakfast Club meetings at a variety of Kent locations. For further information please contact Roberta on: