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Presenting our artist for the month of November: Gilles Massot.


Gilles’ multidisciplinary process looks beyond disciplines to establish links between narratives, occurrences and parts of the world. Based in Singapore since 1981, his book Bintan, Phoenix of the Malay Archipelago (2003) deeply influenced his artistic work, which now often deals with history and ethnology while conceptually concerned with the theory of photography and the phenomenon of “recording” it initiated. He recently completed a research on Jules Itier and the first photographs of Asia done in the 1840s, and is currently exploring the relations between the history of photography and that of quantum mechanics. A recipient of the French award Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres, his work has been presented in over 50 exhibitions in France and Asia. Gilles also teaches at Lasalle College of the Arts.

Check Gilles’ regular update on his residency, on a photo album on Facebook.

During most of November, Gilles will be researching and re-constructing the images of Itier’s missing daguerreotypes. Do get in touch if you would like to come and see the space and the work as it evolves! During this time, the children from Blue House International School will make regular visits to the space, and depending on their interests, will be looking at the space, the images, the photographs, the quality of the photographs, the role of photography…

At the end of his residency, Gilles will give a lecture related to photography and his work. This will happen during the Open Studio, 9 & 10 of December, 2017. Timing to be confirmed later.

Our beautiful view outside the studio, a perfect set-up to place our home-made cameras. Below, picture captured by on of the students.

Our beautiful view outside the studio, a perfect set-up to place our home-made cameras. Below, picture captured by one of the students

If you haven’t yet booked you place for the camps this summer, head over to the PinHole Camp page! There are a still a few spots left in both weeks…

Week 1 : 23 – 27 June 2014, 9:30am-12:30pm

Week 2: 7 – 11 July 2014, 9:30am-12:30pm

Learn to make your own camera, the basics of dark room, develop your own pictures and this will set you up for a summer full of investigations. We promise the kids won’t be bored for the rest of the summer once they’ve attended this week-long hands-on course! You can even buy the material to set up your own dark room on the spot at the end of the camp.

Where: l’Observatoire, Blue House International School, 2 Turf Club Road, Singapore (287988)

Who: For kids 7 to 17 years old…

How much: $350 includes all material. Add $50 if you are not yet a Blue House Member.

Register here


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Finally! The camps you have been eyeing for weeks are finally open for registration! We can only take up to 8 student each week, so make sure you sign up fast!

This summer, you have a choice between Pin hole cameras (new this year) and printmaking (a staple workshop at l’Observatoire). Go take a look and choose. And if you decide to take the pinhole camera workshop again, no worries, we have ideas to keep you shooting during the camp.


On 27th of April 2014, the whole world picked up their boxes and snapped pictures from their lens-less cameras.

Double Exposure

Double Exposure: piling up the height to get to eye level, and piling two cameras on top of each other, trying out 2 different exposures.

We did our bit at l’Observatoire and ran an open workshop where you could just walk-in with or without a box, learn about pinhole, and snap a few pics in our beautiful environment. The result was exciting, and the pictures below attest to that.

The first step was to understand how the pinhole camera works. For that, there was an outdoor cinema where the participants were invited to place their head. It consists of a drink can with one pin hole on one side (a hole made with a pin tack), and the other side  has a piece of frosted plastic as a screen in lieu of the side of the can. The whole thing is placed in a cardboard box (with a  small opening in front), so people can watch the image projection the screen (best viewed in the dark).


Then, participants were treated to the gallery, where they could have a look at the different cameras and see which picture was taken by which camera… and they could choose one for their first attempts. Beer cans, Coffee cans, biscuit tins, tea box…

A variety of pinhole cameras with representative pictures hung below.

A variety of pinhole cameras with representative pictures hung below.

Finally, it was time to make their own. Some people attempted to figure out the size of the opening according to the size of their box to get the sharpest picture. Some just grabbed a pin and punched a hole, and then tried different exposure times. Some were happy to try cameras from my collection. Some brought their own box, and spent the time trying to understand how it works until they got a sharp picture… Children played, or worked with their parents, or in teams.Adults went through the process, and tried to understand their negative print, mirror image – it is amazing how long it can take to figure out exactly which bit is which in the picture, despite having just taken the snapshot! A bit like printmaking, you are never completely certain of what you will get!


In the end, all went back with at least one, sometimes a few good pictures. And instructions to go and post the pictures on the World Pinhole camera gallery.