David Felix and the patience of pinhole photography

David Felix and the patience of pinhole photography

David Felix is a “hobbyist” photographer raised in Manila and currently based in Japan. He graduated at Ateneo de Manila University with a degree in Environmental Science, and he is currently a teacher. David’s happenstance interest in photography lead him to create stunning photographs, but his venture into pinhole photographs made him appreciate the process of photography further.

We get to know more about David and his body of work:

Aside from photography, what are you currently spending your time on?

My day job and other ministry stuff for church. I’m just too tired to do anything after work (laugh). Well specifically pinhole photography-related.

[Pinhole photography] strips the modern photographer of advanced knobs, settings, expensive glass and immediate gratification and presents him with a simple light proof box with a pin-sized opening to capture a moment.

Why did you pursue pinhole photography?

Pinhole photography slows down the process of creating images and helps me appreciate what God has created. It also helps me appreciate photography all the more because it shows me just how much the medium has advanced throughout the years. Moreover, there’s a certain fulfillment that one gets when he/she makes something and it works (or doesn’t)! It pushes and challenges the maker to create more, design better and refine the product.

Thus, the challenging nature of pinhole photography can be beneficial to anyone whether he/she is a novice or an expert in the medium. It strips the modern photographer of advanced knobs, settings, expensive glass and immediate gratification and presents him with a simple light proof box with a pin-sized opening to capture a moment. What can you do with that?

Do you have any tips for people who want to get into pinhole photography?

If you wanna try something new, jump into it! Yes, film photography is expensive nowadays but it’s worth it! You can make a pinhole camera with a matchbox after all!


Follow David at @samfelix and @mirucameras and check his portfolio at davidfelix.format.com

This story is part of our #SeenOnScout series, which puts the spotlight on young creatives and their body of work. David and many other creatives shared their work at our own community hub at Scout Family and Friends. Join the Scout Family & Friends Facebook group right here, and share your work with us in the group or through using #SeenOnScout on Twitter and Instagram.

Interview by Lex Celera

 

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