Let There Be Light – Day 6

The North Sea by Alan Borthwick brings us to day 6 of our online pinhole photography exhibition.

The sculptural coastline is illuminated by glorious winter sun for this set of colour negatives taken just before lock down at end of February.

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North Sea pinhole A Borthwick

Let There Be Light – Day 5

Day 5 brings us memories of last September – Culross, Fife by Ali Millar.

The Noon woden pinhole camera captures the delecate textures and scenes from the Pier to the Abbey as a Sunday summer photowalk wound up the hill through the historic village.

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Let There Be Light – Day 3

Day 3. Where has all the music gone? by Olive Dean. A set of pinhole photographs of the Saughton Bandstand lead the ever present shadow of the viewer towards the empty stucture. Nostalgic and a little eerie, the works explore the newly restored pavillion.

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O Dean Pinhole

Let There Be Light – Day 2

Day 2 brings us the work of Donald Tainsh – Timescapes .

Donald takes the pinhole camera on excursion – an adapted 35mm film camera is mounted on a bicycle and operated remotely by cable release.

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bike pinhole
Bodycap pinhole image from bike-mounted 35mm camera, D Tainsh.

Let There Be Light – Part 1

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As we celebrate all things pinhole photography in the month leading up to Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day on the Sunday the 26th of April our exhibition opens online! New work will be added each day.

Let There Be Light is inspired by the motto carved above Edinburgh Central Library‘s main doors. Carnegie insisted this was placed above the entrance to every library he funded and the motto is as suitable for illumination through learning as it is for photography, a medium designed to record light.

While we are sad that our photographic prints can not be viewed as physical objects at this time we hope to bring them to you at a later date as Part 2 of this exhibition, which is tentatively scheduled for August 2020.

Day 1 features Graeme Lyall who “tried to take photographs with light when it was dark”, working through the winter wind, rain and sleet, to make beautiful portraits of classical Edinburgh.

RBGE Palm House Pinhole 2020 Graeme Lyall


As LoFi moves into the HiFi phase of existence , we hope to bring you some more online content.

Our first virtual meeting was held last Wednesday and the main topic of conversation was Tinting.

Johnsons of Hendon Limited manufactured photographic eqipment after WWII (1948 – 1972) although the company had been opperating since 1743 in various guises.

The tinting set was kindly donated to Edinburgh LoFi by Madeline Shepherd

These dye tints require dilute layers to be built up gradually to build up the stain. (See Hand Colouring Photographs)

Further discussion of oil based tints rounded off with the use of Marlene Oil both to remove mistakes and to draw in fine highlights.

All we need now are some lantern slides!

Thanks to everyone who participated in the meeting – all our regular meetings will still take place virtually – LoFi goes HiFi – email or DM on social media to be sent the meeting link and invite. Everyone welcome. Next meet on April 14th.

Member Spotlight – Brittonie Fletcher

Brittonie Fletcher is currently teaching the Mordancage process at the Penumbra Foundation, NY.

Mordancage image by Brittonie Fletcher

With a passion for perfecting the chemical mix behind the alluring results of alternative processes, Brittonie Fletcher has introduced most of the group to techniques they had never even thought of trying .

Whilst in New York she has also discovered a gallery showing the Mordancage work of Jean-Pierre Sudre which is well worth enjoying on-line.