The general rule with pinhole photographers is that the cameras are nearly as important as the images. The importance of the pinhole camera to the pinholer seems to be evident across the board. I've even heard some say, "I've got to stop making cameras and start making images." In any case, I've enjoyed the urban legends surrounding Altoids* (the peppermint flavor anyway), and Altoids emergence in pop culture.
Pintoids are pinhole cameras made from Altoids containers. The Great Pintoid Adventure is a continuing journey. The journey began during a trip I took with my dog across the northern plains to the north shore of Lake Superior. That was in the year 2000, and I still can't get the Pintoid monkey off my back.
I was born in Flint, Michigan and grew up on the outskirts of Detroit. In 1978 I moved to Seattle. I've always held a passion for photography and, after a holding string of jobs that built my character, in 1988 I opened a photography studio. I moved that studio to the Washington coast in 1993. Nikon shooter by day, my work also embraces what I refer to as junk store cameras. Merrill Photography's images have adorned magazine covers, book covers and calendars and my pinhole images have been in a variety of group shows and solo exhibits. I also teach pinhole photography workshops.
I won an award for this stuff once:
...And then ...one time? ... A Pintoid image of mine was used in a documentary about Nazi alien conspiracy. It aired on the Discovery Channel.