I first fell in love with photography via a pinhole camera and I’ve never forgotten the magic of that moment. Pin hole photography is a great reminder that when we strip away all the technical stuff, ultimately photography is about how light is captured. This challenge is a Christmas gift to yourself, to let go of getting everything right and just play. It’s also a little insight into what it might be like having a vision impairment. Even thought World Sight Day is the second Thursday of October annually, any time is a good time to step outside of our comfort zone and consider other people’s experiences.


This month, ditch your perfectionism, your technical mind and… your lens! Modify your camera body cap and away you go. The challenge is to revel in the unknown, focus on light and get creative.

Don’t forget to share them on social media and use the hashtag #withcamerainhand and #wcihchallenge and we’ll celebrate you by sharing them too!


This challenge is a little tribute to Tom Chislett. I met Tom a few years ago when I was filming some videos for a disability arts festival. His photos blew me away… and that was before he’d told me he was vision impaired. He described his sight as being like looking through a pin hole. Unfortunately a few weeks after filming, Tom passed away. This video was created for Tom’s family to play at his memorial. They also posted it to his facebook page, but I thought now was a good time to give it another play (see the video below). I hope his photos and outlook inspires you as much as they did me.