Michael Farrell & Cliff Haynes Create Analog Straw Camera

Made from 32,000 drinking straws.

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Michael Farrell and Cliff Haynes teamed up in 2007 to create a camera that would be direct and the Straw Camera project was born. Farrell’s interest in pinhole image creation led to the birth of the camera which is a box stacked with approximately 32,000 black drinking straws that produce “multipoint perspective from an array.” Using a direct analog process, the light viewed and collected at one end by each tube is recorded onto the photosensitive paper on the other end.

The 20 x 24 inch camera gives a 1:1 view of the subject. With each straw having it’s own unique hue and density, the finished product and look gives an accurate depiction of the subject while giving off a pointillism look which pays homage to the Euston Road School of painting. The duo went through multiple prototypes before arriving at its current model.

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