Hi! My name is Amber Dietz. I'm an artist based in Detroit. If you're here it's because you've found one of my pinhole cameras. Please don't disturb the camera. This is part of a long-term project you can find out more about by reading below.
What's a pinhole camera? A pinhole camera is a simple camera without a lens but with a very tiny aperture (the pinhole). It's a light tight box with a hole on one side and light sensitive material on the other to capture an image. I'm capturing long exposures lasting several weeks (don't worry you won't be in the photo). Long exposures like this are called solargraphs because it's capturing the movement of the sun. I use recycled tins from tea, ointments and other products to make the cameras - they can truly be made out of anything. Inside is just a piece of photo paper.
Stays is an ongoing project documenting the length of time my father spent in hospitals around the state of michigan after a life changing fall. I'm using pinhole cameras to capture long exposures of the sun reflecting the amount of time he's spent at each hospital. The streaks seen in a solargraph is the sun moving through the sky.