The Camera Made From 32,000 Drinking Straws

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This ‘straw camera’ is the result of a collaboration between Mick Farrell and Cliff Hynes. It’s an analogue machine – a wooden box filled with 32,000 carefully stacked drinking straws – whose images may (or may not) remind you of a 19th-century artistic movement called pointillism. Yeah, me neither…

Image: Michael Farrell and Cliff Haynes Image: Michael Farrell and Cliff Haynes

The motivation behind the project came from their shared interest in creating images in the most direct possible way. Their creation works by “producing a multipoint perspective from an array,” explains Haynes. “The light viewed/collected by each individual tube is recorded onto the photo-sensitive material placed at the opposite end.”

The resulting pictures give a have of honeycombed effect. They have no depth of field, which means that the subject of the image bleeds seamlessly into the background. Pretty striking.

Image: Michael Farrell and Cliff Haynes Image: Michael Farrell and Cliff Haynes

The camera itself measures 20” x 24”. It’s not enormous, but our bet is that it took a while to line up all those straws line by line.

We implore you to experiment with building your own lens. Until you manage it though, remember that there’s a range of lenses for hire locally through Fat Lama. Let’s face it, camera lens hire is probably a more suitable solution for the time-poor photographer.

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