So widely available is industry-standard photographic equipment these days, the sight of a camera in any form is an everyday occurrence. Less frequently spotted are the creations of one UK-based artist, who transforms everyday items — including food — into functioning film cameras.
Brendan Barry undergoes the painstaking process of turning mundane items into actual working cameras. Barry explores all sorts of camera styles, including pinhole, 35mm, and ultra-large format. He has so far made cameras from the likes of a watermelon, butternut squash, a shed, a loaf of bread, and even Lego.
His work centers on the transformation of different objects and environments into spaces “capable of viewing and capturing a photographic image, using the mechanics of photography as a tool for exploration and collaboration.”
Barry is the founder and director of Positive Light Projects, a non-profit that works with diverse audiences and emerging photographers to help empower their practice. As well as that, he also teaches at the Exeter School of Art.
You can see more of his work on his website, where he documents the process of building his cameras. Or if you prefer, find him on Instagram, where he tends to post a lot of the images taken with these unique cameras.
Images courtesy Brendan Barry, and used with permission.