Beer Cans and Cameras

Craft Beer in Cans

For those of you who don’t know, yesterday was National Beer Can Appreciation Day. I’m not kidding, it’s a real thing, and personally, I think it should be. It wasn’t too long ago that cans were reserved for big beer and other sudsy schwag, but nowadays canning craft beer is commonplace.

Many of the breweries, like Baxter Brewing, that started to can their brews before the cool kids were doing it, were ridiculed and scrutinized for the practice. Not anymore. Now it’s the thing to do.

But I’m not just here to talk about canned beer today. In celebration of National Beer Can Appreciation day, I’d like to share this story I found on Gizmodo the other day about a UK photographer’s pinhole beer can camera.

Beer Can Camera Photo

Matt Bigwood, who had taken a workshop in pinhole photography, took the picture seen above using simply a 5×7-inch piece of photographic paper, a beer can, and some tape. He made a bunch of these devices, tied them to fence poles with zip ties, and left them for six months.

Beer Can Camera Photo

Some of the can cameras were fruitless, but one of them took that picture seen above. Those arcs of light above the houses show the path of the sun over six months, and the trippy effect on the shapes of the houses is a result of the can’s curvature.

Justin Quinnell, the inventor of negative-positive photography, is the man who ran the workshop that inspired Bigwood. To learn more about Quinnell, pinhole photography, and the beer can camera, check out this article from

If anyone appreciates beer cans, it’s these guys. So, in closing, I’d just like to say happy belated National Beer Can Appreciation Day!

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