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German Garbage Men Turn Dumpsters Into Giant Pinhole Cameras

April 26, 2012

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A group of garbage men in Hamburg have figured out a way to combine their love of photography with their work of hauling trash, turning large dumpsters into giant pinhole cameras to photograph their city. The dumpsters are converted by drilling tiny holes into the fronts and then hanging large sheets of photo paper inside. Although framing a shot with the giant rolling cameras takes only a minute, exposing it can take up to an hour of waiting. They’ve dubbed the experiment the “Trashcam Project”.

Here are some of the images captured using the trashcams:

“Garbageman Roland Wilhelm takes a picture of himself and his trashcam with a second trashcam. Photographed with a pinhole garbage container by Roland Wilhelm, Christoph Blaschke and Mirko Derpmann at the site of Hamburg´s wase collecting service. Shot on a 106×80 cm sheet of ilford multigrade with six minutes exposure time. Please show some respect for Rolands fantastic ability to not move.”

You can follow their trashcam adventures on Flickr here:

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  1. April 27, 2012 12:56 AM

    Fantastic. i would love to do this.

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