Kickstart Your Weekend With Pinhole Photography

Deaf Austinite uses new technology for an old invention

Kickstart Your Weekend With Pinhole Photography

Yeah, yeah, we know: "There's an app for that."

But Austin-based Clint O'Connor has a better way of combining one of our favorite century-old pastimes – photography – with the latest and greatest technology. Instead of turning to Instagram for your artfully blurred still lifes and landscapes, why not pinhole photography?

O'Connor – a deaf man – has always had a particular fondness for photography, and now he's developed plans for a 3-D printed pinhole camera to get the simple analog devices into the hands of people of all ages.

He started a Kickstarter campaign to raise money to finalize the designs, and he's already blown his $1,200 goal out of the water (and he did it in a mere 13 hours). With $13,043 pledged and a little over a week to go, the project is obviously getting funded, and all the stretch goals have been met, but there's still a good reason to get involved: He offers both the kits to build one (keep an eye on the availability!) or the files to print it yourself; backers who like to look but not shoot can get prints of some of his work.

Check out the pitch video below, or just head straight to the campaign here.


Kickstart Your Weekend is a series intended to showcase Texas film and tech projects that are crowdfunding their way to a goal, be it distribution, a prototype, or production costs. If you have a project that we should know about, email us at filmflam@austinchronicle.com.

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