Photographer Nic Persinger has decided to create a functional film camera out of a pumpkin, in order to celebrate Halloween, by adding a Polaroid back and a Holga lens to the carved pumpkin.
The Halloween is regarded as one of the most entertaining holidays of the year in the United States. The reason for that is simple: children and adults get to break the monotony by dressing up as their favorite characters from movies, games, books, or real people and objects, so that they can go trick-or-treating from house to house.
Artist celebrates Halloween by creating a camera out of a carved pumpkin
Another cool Halloween tradition is the one of carving pumpkins. Some have even turned it into an art that does not necessarily result into spooky pumpkins.
Either way, photographers are usually part of a clever bunch with plenty of imagination. Nic Persinger falls into this category, so he has decided to combine photography with pumpkin carving.
Eventually, he started working, he carved the plant, and he modified it to his own liking. The result is a functional Polaroid film camera, meaning that it is capable of capturing photos.
The Polaroid pumpkin camera uses a Holga lens to create soft-looking photos
Nic Persinger has revealed that his Polaroid pumpkin camera is using a back available for Polaroid SE film cameras and a Holga 60mm f/8 lens.
The system is working, albeit it may need a little tweaking in order to improve the quality of the photos.
Nevertheless, the photographer says that the colors of the resulting shots are looking pretty good, but they do have an orange tint, which is to be expected, because the pumpkin is orange.
More details about photographer Nic Persinger
An invitation to a pumpkin carving party was all that Nic Persinger needed to come up with this idea. Nic describes himself as a “film photographer”, so this is why he has chosen to go with a bigger pumpkin and a film shooter.
It would be interesting to see a digital camera being added into a smaller pumpkin, although it might not be as fun as the Polaroid pumpkin camera.
The artist is based in Morgantown, West Virginia and his work has appeared in public exhibitions and magazines all over the US. He is mainly creating medium format color images, which still have that retro look that might bring you back to the basics of color photography.
More information about the photographer as well as his amazing photos can be found at his personal website.