THE DIARY: Photographer Mara is as sharp as a pin

The Third Eye Project by Mara Nicola
The Third Eye Project by Mara Nicola
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THEY are instantly recognisable images of Sheffield – but these pictures were taken with nothing more impressive than.... a cocoa tin, a cola can and a pin.

A new exhibition shows city landmarks – including the Winter Garden, Peace Gardens and, um, the Sheffield Interchange – through a lense crafted from everyday objects.

“I wanted to show you don’t need expensive equipment to create something nice,” says Mara Nicola, the 18-year-old behind the show at city centre gallery Bank Street Arts.

The King Edward VII School student made five pin-hole cameras from household objects – tins, cans, pins and some film paper (“it’s easier than you think,” she notes) – and then gave them to five volunteers who spent a day capturing the city.

“I wasn’t sure how they’d turn out but that was part of the fun,” says Mara, of Hangingwater Road, Fulwood.

The 20 images will be on display tomorrow to Saturday.