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Camera snaps six months of Bristol's Clifton Cathedral
Justin Quinnell's photo of Clifton Cathedral
The image shows the sun arcing across the Clifton skyline

An incredible image of Bristol's Clifton Cathedral, taken with a camera made from a discarded drinks can, has been revealed.

Justin Quinnell's photograph shows the cathedral from the longest to the shortest day in 2009.

He said that his love for the unusual construction inspired the image.

"I was at the consecration of the cathedral in 1973 and have always loved its unique shape and decided last year to do a solargraph image of it."

Justin checks the camera
The cans and cameras were attached to lampposts

Three drinks cans with cameras were mounted to lampposts outside the cathedral but only one survived.

"The camera is an adapted Red Bull can with a small pinhole of about 1mm diameter. The method combines 150-year-old technology with digital scanning," Justin said.

"Not only can the sun be seen to arc from the east to the west, but there are gaps in the lines where the sun has been temporarily obstructed by cloud, then reappeared further long in the sky."

Cathedral Dean Canon Alan Finley said: "Justin's photograph of Clifton Cathedral creates a truly unique view of a wonderful building.

"I have to say it's very thought-provoking and certainly gives a new perspective on our cathedral."

Justin's work has also included similar views of Bristol including the Clifton Suspension Bridge, the ss Great Britain and St Mary Redcliffe Church.

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