Diane Martin Peterson

Hi Pinholista, please introduce yourself.

My name is Diane Peterson, many of you know me by Diane Martin Peterson, especially on Facebook…it seems there are a lot of Diane Peterson’s out there. I am from the west coast of the United States and pretty much call Washington state my home. Right now I live in the upper central area of Idaho, out in the country 8 miles from  the end of the pavement.

Tell us a little about the type of pinhole photography you enjoy.

I love analog photography and I am strictly an analog pinhole photography shooter. I do know a few photographers out there who are doing digital pinhole and they do lovely work but everyone has to do what they are comfortable with and for me, film and  photo paper just works. Admin’s note, for some great digital pinhole photography please take a look at Timos Lytras‘ work…right here on Pinholista.com!

Do you ever shoot anything a little more unusual? 

My anamorphic images seem to follow me wherever I go! I love anamorphic images and how it makes the minds eye work a little harder to figure out just what you are  looking at!

Do you use off the shelf cameras, home-made or a mix?

I do have a vast collection of “off the shelf” pinhole cameras made by some extremely talented camera builders. But once I figured out how to make my own, I pretty much like to stick with those homebuilt models. Of course many of the anamorphic images I create are made using square or round tins. I am truly fascinated by the concept that anything that can be made light tight and have a piece of photo paper inserted , will become a camera in my house.


What’s your favourite camera to use and why?

It is somewhat funny that with all the cameras I have purchased or built, and there are a lot, I usually grab a little five inch tall round tea tin I purchased at a Chinese market. Perfect for 5 x 7 photo paper. The other most used “cameras” come from the dollar store where you can buy tins of cookies for a dollar, also perfect for 5 x 7 paper, double gratification, cookies & a camera for a buck! I use these for “solargraphs” also, as I make a lot of these and give them to people wanting to have a simple introduction to pinhole photography. Admin’s note, making cameras is such a wonderful aspect of pinhole photography. Sadly I don’t have the time to do it as much as I would like, but there is nothing as satisfying as seeing an image appear from something you have built yourself.

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How long have you shot pinhole?

I first read about pinhole photography in the British Black & White Photography magazine in 2006. At the time I was just getting into photography but the idea of a light tight box, a brass shim and some photo paper fascinated me so I researched everything I could find on the subject.

Why did you start shooting pinhole and why?

Without any doubt the reason I started doing pinhole was the amazing results you can get by just using your imagination and being creative with your camera size.

You’ve given us a few images to share, tell us about them. 

As I am enchanted with using photo paper. I am sharing a few images here. Also a friend just gave me a Holga Wide pinhole camera and recently got around to shooting a roll of 120 black & white ( my favorite) film…I probably shoot about 98% of my images with paper. I love the slow intentional results that you can obtain  by loading one sheet of paper then developing it and seeing immediate results. When using film I am always eager (maybe too eager) for results so perhaps I don’t take as much time as I would with paper.


Do you shoot individual images or do you work within themes or on projects?

As it happens I live far enough away from the general population that I don’t have any “real” people to photograph so I decided a few years ago to make my own “people”.  Life size wooden mannequins that I can dress and arrange in scenes to suit my fancy. I started using masks on  my mannequins a couple years ago so I am working on a collection of images with vintage fairly tales or nursery rhymes as a theme.

Have you ever exhibited your work?

I have been exhibiting my work for at least six years. I have been lucky enough to  display my work in several galleries.

Tell us about a great pinhole photographer.

Wow! There are so many! I love the work of Walter Crump. The story of how he started shooting pinhole is great! He had all of his camera equipment stolen so he launched  his pinhole camera making career. I love his anamorphic images. Admin’s note, Walter makes wonderful work, you can see more on his website.


Do you shoot other styles of photography?

Sometimes when I travel it is not convenient to carry around a metal tin and a box of photo paper so I use my Nikon F100 and also LC-A Wide..I very much enjoy toy cameras of all types so I try to bring at least one with me when I travel. I make my own lenses and filters so that I don’t get in a rut and also this separates my work from other photographers.

Assuming you do shoot other styles, do you prefer pinhole and if so, why?

I do prefer pinhole! Sometimes I think I should focus on other cameras in my collection but after a few shots I am right back at my pinhole work.

Finally, where can people see your work, do you have a website?

Yes,  find me in a couple places…



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