Sat 20th June was 2020’s Summer Solstice. Also the day we put up our pinhole cameras, an attempt to track the sun from Solstice to Solstice.
It’s both really dragged and flown by, but six months later the Winter Solstice is here. 21 December, super year 2020. And after a grand finale of glorious uninterrupted sunshine over the city of Cambridge (the UK one!), the cameras have come down.
So here it is. Six months of the sun’s movements above the skies of Cambridge – captured by a pinprick in a beer can taped to a first floor wall! Not too shabby at all. How does it work? The sun’s rays enter the can through the pinprick hole, and mark the photographic paper from different angles as the sun moves through the sky. Pretty neat, and very simple!
It makes a great lockdown activity, you can really get your creative freak on. Check out some far better artpieces here. Now is the time to give it a shot before the days lengthen – instructions here courtesy of Instructables. Give it a go!
The beer can!