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Was at  Wakefield Cathedral this Friday to photograph as part of the 366 Days Project. The cathedral has a fabulous atmosphere and it was lovely to visit there again.

Something I have always wanted to try out is a pinhole camera.

I thought that it might be an interesting approach to try when photographing at Wakefield Cathedral this coming Friday.

I had tried a DIY pinhole effect previously with my digital Canon by making a pinhole attachment from black card which was fun but  the results when I tried this method were a bit washed out and rather speckled.

I mentioned that I planned to try pinhole photography in an email to Harriet Evans organizer for the 366 Days project at Wakefield Cathedral and she recommended the method below:

“For what it’s worth – my pinhole ‘recipe’ is to attach an extension tube (obtainable cheaply on Ebay) to a DSLR, cover the open end of the tube tightly with tin foil (preferably painted matte black on the inner side), secure with a rubber band and pop a pin-prick in the front of the foil! The snag is, it shows up any dust on your sensor!”

(So that’s what all that speckling was!)

Anyway I brought two cheap pinhole cardboard cameras to try out.

One by Kikkerland which takes ordinary 35m film:

And a set by a company called Stenoflex, which takes photographic paper and comes with chemicals to develop your photographs.

I tried out the Stenoflex camera this morning and really liked it.

The camera gives you a negative image which I scanned and then used Photoshop to invert (though you can also re-expose the image on to another piece of photographic paper and then develop with the chemicals included in the kit).


I found it quite hard to keep the camera still enough not to get some camera shake when opening and closing the shutter because the camera although constructed of heavy black card is still quite light weight.

The photos were high contrast but that’s the fun of this camera; the unpredictable-ness of the result especially when starting out.



Last year while on my residency at Westgate Studios, Wakefield I wandered in to Wakefield Cathedral.

Instantly I fell in love with the building and its atmosphere. I asked if it would be possible to photograph the interior of the cathedral and was allowed to do so as long as the photographs were for private use and not for sale.


I spent a wonderful hour and a half in the cathedral and was incredibly sad at the thought of the possibility of not returning there again.

At the end of 2011 heard of the 366 Photography Project  asking for photographers to documenting the life of Wakefield Cathedral as renovations are carried out there through out 2012 and applied to take part.

I was horrified today to visit Wakefield Cathedral’s 366 Days blog to read of the impact that George Osborne’s recent heritage VAT rule changes have had on their renovation budget and the effect on the current building works.

”Wakefield Cathedral has launched a national campaign to urgently address the Chancellor’s recent Budget announcement that 20% VAT will be charged on renovations to listed buildings.

As you know, the Cathedral has already begun work on the Project 2013 redevelopment of the nave. The area has been closed to the public and turned into a building site; so the project cannot simply be put on hold while the additional hundreds of thousands of pounds needed to pay this new tax are raised.

This not only affects Wakefield Cathedral, but will also potentially affect care of every listed building in the UK – our precious and vulnerable heritage.

Please take the time to read the press release for save our heritage and the letter to PM in which he succinctly explains the impact of this tax on Wakefield Cathedral. ” ( from  Wakefield cathedral’s 366 weblog)

Below are 2 links of ditties from Wakefield cathedral about this situation:

VAT ditty 1

VAT ditty – the sequel

I dearly hope that the government will listen and rethink their  current heritage VAT policy.

I would ask anyone who would like to to add their signature to Wakefield Cathedral’s e-petition against George Osborne’s new Heritage VAT by clicking here.