Cambridgeshire

Cambridge homeless show pinhole beer can camera pictures

Members of Cambridge's homeless community have created a series of photographs using pinhole cameras made from beer cans.

Photographer Mark Woods-Nunn worked with members of the charity Flack to make the cameras.

He said the results so impressed the charity it is holding an exhibition of the photographs and selling beer can pinhole camera kits to raise money.

Pinholes and Portraits is on from 20 to 22 May at Chesterton Tower, Cambridge.

Each camera was made by removing the top of an empty beer can, fitting a new lid and making a hole in it with a pin.

A piece of photographic paper was then put inside the can.

Flack members experimented with both short and long-exposure photography. The latter was achieved by installing the cameras at locations throughout Cambridge for a three-month period.

'Creative potential'

Image caption Three-month beer can exposure revealing the sun's journey across the sky

Mr Woods-Nunn said: "The beer can cameras reveal the magic of early photographic processes and principles in a way that modern digital cameras simply cannot achieve."

Kirsten Lavers, creative director of Flack, said: "We're using the cans in a positive way because beer is often associated with street drinking and that's associated with homelessness.

"What we do is really encourage the creative potential of the homeless people that we work with.

"We help them to create good quality products, like the pinhole camera kits, that feed back into the organisation.

"We also offer training to those who need a little bit of a bump-up in terms of confidence and skills, so they can make their own contribution."

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