Those who read "Photography the Hard Way" in Pop Photo's April 2006 issue will likely remember the images of Justin Quinnell, the pinhole photographer who captured the images in his "Day in the Life of My Mouth" series from -- you guessed it -- inside his mouth. Those who missed it, along with those who found it as fascinating as the staff of Pop Photo, will want to check out Mouthpiece, which contains 60 images of daily events as framed between a set of upper and lower incisors. Using his tiny and ingeniously improvised pinhole camera, made from a container of 110 film, over the duration of about 7 or 8 years, Quinnell created images that range from unsettling (a set of eyes gleaming through the opposite end of a cheese grater, or the photographer's own feet in the bathtub) to the hilarious (a plastic Gumby character screaming, with hands raised, from inside a bowl of Cheerios). Quinnell managed to capture a wide assortment of characters ranging from his dentist to Pop Photo's own Dan Richards. If, flipping through the book, you find yourself inspired, you'll be glad to know that Quinnell is not one to keep the fun to himself. His miniature "SmileyCams," handmade by the photographer, are available for a mere $23 on his website.
Note: Though the US release of the book isn't scheduled for a year from now, it's available through Amazon UK. Get a jumpstart and impress your friends with how internationally culturally savvy you are.
(Mouthpiece, by Justin Quinnell. Dewi Lewis Publishing, $13 from Amazon.co.uk)
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