Today the Department of Teeny-weeny Wonders is marveling at one of the tiniest cameras we’ve ever seen. Ryan Howerter, a graphic design student at Colorado State University, created a functional pinhole camera using a single 2x2 stud LEGO brick. He was inspired to try turning a LEGO brick into a camera after learning about an even tinier pinhole camera made out of a single pine nut.
“Being a fan of Lego bricks, I had to carry this idea to its logical conclusion,” he told CNET. And that’s just what he did.
Howerter specifically selected a black LEGO brick as the most suitable color to block out light. After hollowing out the brick, he inserted a piece of brass shim stock with a pinhole poked through it and covered the bottom of the brick with black tape. Then he placed an itty-bitty piece of photo paper inside the brick, resting against the back, and exposed and processed it to create an incredibly small photo of a tree on the CSU campus, the very same photo the minifig is holding in the photos above.
“The most challenging part is definitely trying to get an actual photo out of it. It’s far too easy to over or underexpose the paper or film. I think it was about a 10-second exposure for the one held by the minifig,” Howerter says. He’s still trying to get a workable negative from the brick camera due to the difficulty of processing such a small piece of film.
I took some photos at a counter protest today on CSU’s campus. It was our goal to give off positive vibes and create a comfortable environment while the other group was giving off potentially triggering messages to the student body. The group who came on our campus were not students.
Photos from Bernie Sanders rally at Chicago State University, a predominantly black university threatened with shutdown on account of Illinois’s state budget impasse. Sanders’ calls for affordable education for all certainly resonates with students fighting for their school’s survival. An estimated 6,000 were in attendance. Speakers included students of CSU, mayoral candidate Jesus “Chuy” Garcia, and Jonathan Jackson, the activist/organizer son of Jesse Jackson. The latter especially spoke passionately and convincingly about why Bernie Sanders is the right candidate for black Americans. Bernie took the stage a little after 8 and delivered his reliable message, railing against income inequality, corrupt campaign financing, police brutality, and pointing towards collective political solutions. Thunderous cheers, chants, and “I Love You, Bernie”s ensued.