Meet Allan!

Tell us about yourself first! What made you get into photography?

I first got into photography seriously in the mid 2000’s, when I did a Fine Arts Degree, majoring (naturally) in photography. I had a DSLR (6mp!) but almost everything was film based and it has been a passion for me since then.

What is your preferred photography style and subjects to shoot?

So far, nearly all the shots I have taken with my Goodman Zone have been waterfront landscapes close to home.

I prefer to shoot colour pinhole photography on medium format or 4x5 film. I usually use Velvia or Ektar. As for subject matter, it’s mostly urban landscapes, where I’m attracted to the colour and geometry of suburban houses, on the other hand, there are some beautiful waterfront scenes almost on my front door (I’m looking over the bay as I write this). Also, throw in some B&W because it’s so easy to develop at home.

How did you get into building cameras?

I built my first cameras about 2006 when I was at Art School. These were pinholes made from cardboard, or a coffee can. When I got a 3d Printer a couple of years ago, I went looking for pinhole cameras on the web. A couple were quite good, one of them I used to take the photos for my show.

How did you find Dora Goodman, and what made you decide to take the leap? 

A Sydney second hand camera market reposted some images of Dora Goodman cameras and I liked the idea of using the Mamiya RB back.

Which model did you choose and why?

I chose the Zone because I thought it was the most easily adaptable to a pinhole camera

Did you made any change in the camera files? If yes, what and how? If not, is there anything that you would be happy to change?

I didn’t change anything existing, but I did need to design and build the pinhole/shutter to fit instead of a lens.

I’m thinking that I may attempt to redesign the handle so it is big enough to store a roll of film inside.

What was the most challenging part of building your own camera?

For me, the biggest challenge was designing the components for the pinhole/shutter mechanism. It was the first time I used CAD software since I used a specialist road design package about 20 years ago. The actual camera build went smoothly, but I had to make many prototypes and alterations to the parts I designed myself.

How would you compare this journey to buying a ready made camera?

Building your own camera is a totally different experience to buying one off the shelf. No mass manufactured camera allows you to make it truly, uniquely yours. Being part of a community that can contribute to the design is also something that can never happen with ready made cameras!

Show us some photos what you have made with your new camera!

Do you have any advice for first time camera builders?

Get some experience with your 3d printer and software first. Learn how all the settings affect print quality. Think of the camera and all it’s parts as a piece of digital craftsmanship and understand how to get the result you want.

Do you have any previous projects that you could share with us?

Earlier this year, I showed some of my pinhole work at a gallery called “Gaffa” in Sydney and that was a pretty exciting opportunity for me. If you’re interested, my work is at

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