Enable Disable... Through Camera Obscura – Pinhole photography VR exhibition
Solidarity Tracks NGO, Greece
32 young artists, including those with mental or physical disabilities & deafness, from Estonia, Spain, Greece and Poland worked together to come up with some works of art or ephemeral situations about integration, active citizenship and solidarity. They used selfmade "pinhole" cameras (camera obscura) to create photography.

Camera obscura is an amazing device in terms of process and results: it consists of whichever box whose one surface bears a tiny hole which lets the light pass, leaving a photographical imprint on a photo-reacting material, the device is playful and creative as well as very usable in the context of the non-formal education as it makes feasible for young people to dispense with the photographical industry and express their way of approach to the world. As the character of camera obscura is not digital, it takes about 30 seconds to expose and only one photography can be made at once, therefore it requires concentration, thought, advanced planning. Photography made with pinhole box is like a fixed movie that allows to show the concept of the scene of youngsters, because everything that happens in the span of time is exposed and stays in the picture. Lastly, pinhole photography allow us to make deep interpretation of thoughts and feeling that were put into the scene.

Photographs were developed and saved digitaly in order to create VR (virtual reality) exhibition to celebrate and showcase the results of this artistric exchange.
Author: Nelly Platzer
Photo: Polina Pappinen