Sometimes we need to deviate from e-books and embrace print because of the visceral experience. This is most evident in a new pop-up book that doubles as a fully working camera.
Artist Kelli Anderson wrote a book entitled This Book Is A Camera. It’s a pop-up style reader that folds out to a working pinhole camera, producing black-and-white images with the help of light-sensitive film.
On her website she said “For the past couple of months, I’ve been searching for the right sequence of cuts and folds to turn a piece of paper into a camera. Specifically, I wanted to make a working camera within an educational pop-up book—one that connects the dots between design and science / structure and function. Happy to report: it is finally real! The final book explains—and actively demonstrates—how a structure as humble as a folded piece of paper can tap into the intrinsic properties of light to produce a photograph.”
“The book itself comes with detailed instructions and a starter pack of B/W Ilford photo paper (any 4×5” or smaller light-sensitive material can be used). There is nothing to assemble, but if you want to use it as more than a book, you need to feel alright with the concept of pouring developer into an old takeout food container and sloshing it around in the dark… while counting. Been prototyping this for a while, so this totally sounds like a normal human-in-a-dark-room activity. I tested it for a very long time and now my neighbors are probably questioning my sanity.”
With Christmas coming up, this might make an excellent gift for a young person. It is retailing directly off of the artists website for $29.99 US and PAYPAL is the only payment option.