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Pinhole pumpkin Camera

Three jack-o'-lanterns illuminated from within...
Smiling Jack-o-lanterns pose for the camera. Image via Wikipedia

Happy Halloween everybody! A little trick-and-treat to make for yourself this fine fall festival.

From NPR‘s Picture Show Blog:

Every year, this time of year, normal people nationwide gather ’round spreads of newspaper to carve glowing, ghoulish jack-o’-lanterns. And for about a month’s-worth of sporadic lunch breaks, we, too, have been carving a pumpkin … into a camera! Much to our amazement, it actually worked.

See the how-to video on NPR.

Their only advice: “The image from our first camera came out completely black because the camera was not sufficiently lightproof. we highly recommend this project if you can find a darkroom. Although it’s time-intensive, meticulous and, at times, a total pain, it’s worth it to watch the image emerge in the darkroom.”

Check out these other cool pumpkin cams they came across: one using photo paper and one using film.

Have other cool combinations of photography and pumpkins or other veggies? Share them here!



Beth Kelley is an applied & digital anthropologist with an overall interest in how people engage with and are impacted by their environments and vice versa. This has manifested itself in many ways, by looking at creativity, playful spaces, built environments, and environmental enrichment, sustainability, design research, and integrative and collaborative models of learning such as through play and hands-on learning.