Camera lens made from 32,000 drinking straws

Mich Farrell and Cliff Haynes created a camera from drinking straws that effectively works as 32,000 pinhole cameras, creating an analog version of pixellation, but with circular pixels.

Via Beatrice Murray-Nag:

Haynes explains that the straws have a ‘raw’ f stop, where a 254mm long, 22mm wide straw gives an aperture of about f127, which they used as a starting point for exposure. each straw has its own density and hue, and the analogue creation gives a straight indexical rendering of whatever is placed directly in front of it. The resulting images take on a dotted, fragmented effect, similar to low-resolution television displays from the past. the pictures have no depth of field, meaning the lit subject recedes into the background. in an age of high-res cameras and HD screens, the images are a direct juxtaposition to the media that surrounds us. haynes elaborates, explaining that their work serves as a reminder of just how transitory perception is.

It kind of feels like how an insect might see the world.

Camera made from 32000 drinking straws takes pointillistic photographs (designboom)

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  1. MrShiv says:

    22mm seems excessively wide for a drinking straw.

  2. The creator's website says the straws were 2mm in diameter.

  3. KXKVI says:

    Please correct me if I'm wrong, but I believe this more accurately uses collimation, where each straw allows mostly light in only one direction to pass. Gamma ray sources used for treating tumors use similar systems, because of the difficulty in focusing gamma rays.

    A pinhole camera acts more like a lens, if I'm not mistaken.

  4. Anger Camera!!!

    Some delicious lead honeycomb:

  5. Mike22 says:

    I created a camera using this technique in 1975 or 1976, using glass tubes, coated with black paint on the inside.

    I may have won an honorable mention, or some such thing in the Los Angeles County high school science fair.

    The interesting characteristic of such a camera is that image size does not change with distance from the camera (although sharpness does decline with distance.)

    I called it the "Constant Image Optic."

    There was a lot of trouble coating the glass "capillary" tubes with black paint, so the idea of using larger straws seems to me to be great improvement.

    In this photo you can see two bundles of black painted capillary tubes on the table, the larger square one being the finished "lens."

    The date was 5/15/1976.

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