Sumeet Banerji

Pinhole photographs on 120mm film depicting Portobello Mushrooms. 2 hour exposure.

Shroomscape No. 1 · Pinhole Camera, 120mm film · Pigment Print


Shroomscape No. 2 ·Pinhole Camera, 120mm film · Pigment Print


Shroomscape No. 3 · Pinhole Camera, 120mm film · Pigment Print


Shroomscapes currently on display are $380 each. Larger sizes are also available. Use the form below to buy

A pinhole camera is a light proof box pierced with a tiny hole. The film is placed behind the hole and exposed for a calculated length of time. Because there is no lens, everything the film sees is in focus as long as the camera or subject doesn't move. The effect is quite different from a regular camera with lenses where only parts of the picture are in focus. 

The Shroomscapes were made with a cylindrical pinhole camera where the film was wound around the aperture rather than placed directly behind it. The camera was placed inside Portobello mushrooms with the aperture pointed at the stalk. Since the camera was inside the mushrooms, the film had to be exposed for around two hours for each photograph to make up for the darkness. The pictures show exactly what the film saw. They are not manipulated.

In his 1954 essay The Doors of Perception, Aldous Huxley writes about how we see beauty when we either zoom way out of a subject or zoom way in to it. It is a way of showing us something familiar but bringing a new awareness of its structure and design logic to the viewer.